Sep 18 2013
Chief Minister Narendra Modi's birthday gave a platform to the members of the minority community to pledge their support to his leadership, with 2,200 Muslims joining the BJP in Ahmedabad on the first of the nine-day membership drive launched on Tuesday.
BJP's Muslim leaders cut 63 kg cakes in Ahmedabad and Vadodara while others, wearing skull caps, made beeline to felicitate Modi at Gandhinagar's Town Hall. Prominence was given to Muslims present at the Town Hall event. BJP's Minority Morcha chief Mahebubali Bawa Chisty said that one lakh Muslims would join the party by September 25, the birthday of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and the culmination day of the drive. Muslims came to Modi's party wearing skull caps and they said he was forgiven.
Shabbir Nooruddin Sodawala, the president of Dawoodi Bohra Samaj, Vapi community, said, in the last 10 years of his rule, there hasn't been a single incident of rioting. People have forgiven him for the riots. Peace has helped our business grow. We believe that once he becomes the prime minister he will ensure development in the entire country.
"Modi is the lone political figure today who has the ability to free the country of debt, create jobs and reduce day-to-day sufferings of the common man. He has a clean image and tremendous will power," said Shabuddin A Multani, a Maulvi from Tapi district. Asked if members of the minority community in his area have forgiven Modi for the riots, Multani said, "People don't think he did the 2002 riots."
Zafar Sareshwala and Asifa Khan in the discussion
Asifa Khan - BJP Spokesperson