4 March 2013
Rumana Siddiqui has been made chief of the BJP's state minority wing
Smt Rumaana Siddiqui
C-201 Indira Nagar, Lko
The BJP's minority morcha has decided to hold ``samrasta vikas'' (social equality and development) rallies in Uttar Pradesh from October
The morcha, at its two-day national executive committee meeting which ended here today, felt that the members should remove ``misperceptions'' among the people that the BJP was communal and anti-Muslim. . The BJP should focus on developmental issues such as education and employment.
The morcha listed the ``increase of Haj quota from 91,000 to 1,20,000'' and subsidy increase by the Vajpayee Government ``from Rs. 112 crores to Rs. 148 crores'' as proof of the BJP-led Government's interest in minorities' welfare. Tthe Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister set up a `Madrasa Board' for their development while giving university status to the Rampur Madrasa.
The morcha `prabhari', Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, claimed that more and more Muslims were joining the BJP.