Manmohan Singh’s 2006 speech about ‘Muslims’ first claim on resources’ is shared out of context!

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Manmohan Singh In 2006 Said Muslims Must Have The First Claim On Our Resources. Share This Max To Expose Those Who Are Saying Modiji Is Spreading Lies & This Was Never Said!

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Explanation

On April 21, 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a statement during an election campaign in Rajasthan that set off a verbal spat between the Congress and the BJP. During his speech, Modi said, “The Congress manifesto says they will calculate the gold with mothers and sisters, get information about it, and then distribute that property. They will distribute it to whom – Manmohan Singh’s government had said that Muslims have the first right to the country’s assets.

Earlier, when their (Congress) government was in power, they had said that Muslims have the first right to the country’s assets. This means to whom will this property be distributed? It will be distributed among those who have more children.”

In this case, a 20-second-old video of the former prime minister, Manmohan Singh, speaking into a microphone is making the rounds online. The Manmohan Singh National Development Council’s 52nd meeting, held on December 9, 2006, is displayed on this screen.

This video is spread with a claim stating ” Manmohan Singh In 2006 Said Muslims Must Have The First Claim On Our Resources. Share This Max To Expose Those Who Are Saying Modiji Is Spreading Lies & This Was Never Said.” You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

We began our investigation of the BJP’s allegation against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding Muslims with pertinent Google keywords. This ultimately led us to a December 10, 2006, press release.

The statement is titled “Clarifications on PM’s reference to “First Claim On Resources.” It states that some electronic media outlets have misquoted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech, igniting a baseless controversy.

 

To further elucidate the situation, they included the entire passage that the prime minister used to discuss minority empowerment, which is as follows:

“I believe our collective priorities are clear: agriculture, irrigation and water resources, health, education, a critical investment in rural infrastructure, and the essential public investment needs of general infrastructure, along with programs for the upliftment of SC/STs, other backward classes, minorities, and women and children. The component plans for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will need to be revitalized. We will have to devise innovative plans to ensure that minorities, particularly the Muslim minority, are empowered to share equitably in the fruits of development. They must have the first claim on resources. The Centre has many other responsibilities whose demands must be fitted within the overall resource availability.”

From the above, it is clear that the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s reference to the “first claim on resources” encompasses all of the previously mentioned “priority” areas, including initiatives aimed at uplifting minorities, women, children, SCs, STs, and OBCs.

This explains that earlier, the media misrepresented former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech, which Manmohan later clarified in a press release.

The extended version of Manmohan Singh’s speech can be seen in a video published on Mojo Story Youtube channel.

Conclusion:

We, therefore, conclude that the widely circulated rumor that Manmohan Singh stated in 2006 that Muslims ought to have the first claim over our resources is misleading. In actuality, Manmohan Singh’s speech included the first claim priorities as women, children, uplifting minorities, SCs, STs, and OBCs.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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