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Amartya Sen votes after 13 years, bats for secular PM

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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen emerges from a polling booth after casting his vote in Birbhum district in West Bengal on Wednesday.—Photo: Sushanta Patronobish
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen emerges from a polling booth after casting his vote in Birbhum district in West Bengal on Wednesday.—Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen who exercised his franchise on Wednesday at Bolpur in the State’s Birbhum district said the characteristic of a leader or the prime ministerial candidate should be that he is not considered a threat by minority communities.

“My reaction to Mr. Modi is well known, I don’t think he is a good prime ministerial candidate. Obviously he is very popular in some sections, particularly in the business community, but that does not mean he is my favourite candidate and indeed he is not,” Prof. Sen said when asked what his comments were regarding Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

He was interacting with journalist after casting his vote at a polling booth in Vishva-Bharati Staff Club. Ever since Mr. Modi’s nomination as the BJP’s nominee for the country’s top post, Prof. Sen has expressed his reservations about his candidature.

Reiterating his views regarding Mr. Modi, the economist said “I will like someone who is more secular and the minority communities like the Muslims or the Christians don’t feel threatened by him. So that has to be one characteristic of a leader of the nation”.

Prof. Sen admitted that though he has been regular at Visva-Bharati, he is casting his vote after a long time.

The last time Prof. Sen exercised his franchise was in 2001 Assembly polls in the State.

Minority communities must not feel threatened by a leader


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