Minorities have never been more safe in the country than under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leader K.J Alphons said in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid opposition references to lynching cases.
Speaking on the 'Motion of Thanks' on the President's address, he said Modi is "more democratic" than anyone before him.
Five years back it was said that Christians will be beaten up and churches will be burnt once the BJP comes to power, he said.
"Have you seen any Christian being beaten up or any church being burnt (since the BJP came to power)," he asked.
"Never has it been safer for minorities than under Modi," he said as some in the opposition jeered, making references to lynching of Muslims in some parts of the country.
Alphons, who was a minister in the first term of the BJP government but was not made a minister in Modi-2.0 government, targeted the Congress saying if it wants to live in a make- believe world, history will write it off.
"You shall have a new India," he said in an apparent jibe at Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who in his remarks during the debate, had called for giving back the 'old India' and Modi keeping his 'New India' with himself.
He said instead of whining, the country should be celebrating achievements such as 99.2 per cent of the population now having toilets, 35 crore people getting bank accounts, 7.5 crore getting gas connection, 19 crore getting loan under Mudra scheme, the jump in ease of doing business ranking and India striking at the heart of the enemy.