In poll-bound Assam, 2,000 Islamic clerics will campaign for BJP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
  • Updated: Mar 27, 2016 02:25 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Praful Kumar Mahanta and other AGP-BJP leaders waves during an election rally at Bokakhat in Golaghat district of Assam. (PTI Photo)

Minority body Jammat-Ulama-e-Hind will be campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Muslim-dominated areas of Assam to woo voters for the upcoming state assembly elections.

Moulana Sohaib Qasmi, national president of Jammat Ulama-e-Hind, said that 2,000 maulanas and imams would campaign in the next few days.

“Most of these clerics hail from Deoband in UP. For the sake of the country’s unity and integrity, it is essential to defeat the Congress. The Congress has treated Muslims as its vote bank and in the true sense, the party has not been working for the welfare of Muslims,” said Qasmi.

Citing Jammu and Kashmir’s political situation, Qasmi added that by forming an alliance with the PDP, the BJP had sent a message that the party would go to any extent to foster peace and development. Qasmi and his team had visited the Muslim-dominated in Nagaon district to campaign.

Though the BJP might not be able to gain foothold in immigrant Muslim-dominated areas easily, the party is likely to gain from the Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind’s move in some constituencies where Hindu voters and Muslim voters are almost equal.

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