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Modi claims 20-25% minority community votes in assembly polls

PTI  New Delhi, August 18, 2013
First Published: 22:06 IST(18/8/2013) | Last Updated: 22:34 IST(18/8/2013)

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday claimed that "20-25 %" voters from the minority community had voted for him in the Assembly polls and asked the party cadre to reach out to all sections, including Muslims, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
   
At a conclave of BJP Election Campaign Committee, state unit presidents and organisation general secretaries, Modi and other top central leaders emphasised on the need for reaching out to voters from the booth-level in the next elections.
   
During his speech, Modi said BJP should reach out to all sections, including minorities. He said he had made overtures to the minority community, especially the poor, in Gujarat and this had resulted in about "20-25 per cent" among them voting for the BJP.

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The Hindutva icon said he told the minority community how Congress had not done anything for them and their poverty was due to this neglect. He maintained that a similar approach should be adopted by the party across the country to win over the minority voters.
   
In an interesting observation, Modi said there are different segments within the Muslims like Shias, Sunnis, Bohras and others and they can be reached out with promises of redressing their specific grievances.
 
Modi and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj underscored the need for strengthening the party at the booth level.

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Narendra Modi at the Party's National Election Campaign Committee and BJP office bearers meeting in New Delhi.
   
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A worker cleans a Cut-out of Narendra Modi outside NDMC building where Party's National Election Campaign Committee and BJP office bearers meeting is going on
   
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain later told reporters that "One booth, ten youth" would be the aim of the party.

Swaraj said each booth level worker should be made responsible for 20 households and meet prospective voters in seven phases to convince them.


"Modi emphasised on how it is important to bring voters to the polling booth and said party workers should meet this challenge," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

In contrast to Modi's earlier emphasis on tapping voters through social media and use of modern technology, he and other leaders appeared to give stress on traditional door-to-door campaigning, rallies and constituency congregations.

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BJP president Rajnath Singh with Senior party leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi at the Party's National Election Campaign Committee


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