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BJP looks to lure Muslim votes

india Updated: Mar 13, 2014 01:15 IST
Neelam Pandey

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi unit will organise a convention titled ‘Muslim for Modi, Modi for PM’ from Saturday, in an apparent attempt to change the party’s “anti-Muslim” image.

The convention will be held at BJP’s Delhi Pradesh office at Pandit Pant Marg. More than 2,000 Muslims are expected to attend the convention, which will be held for all seven parliamentary constituencies, starting with the Northeast Delhi seat.

To strengthen its network and reach, the minority cell of the Delhi BJP has already identified 4,500 polling booths with a heavy Muslim population, which the party intends to target.

Muslim voters had played a big role in the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) spectacular debut in the Delhi Assembly elections last year, helping them bag as many as 28 seats.

“The idea is to inform people about Modiji’s vision, especially about Muslims. There is a lot of misconception among the people about the BJP’s policies being anti-Muslim. Through this convention, which will be conducted for each of the seven parliamentary constituencies, we will educate the Muslim party workers who will then propagate the party’s agenda in their respective areas,” said Atif Rashid, president of the Delhi BJP’s minority cell.

The BJP will target seven constituencies in seven days (between March 15 and 27) and will try to mobilise Muslim voters, as it did during the Assembly elections.

“Our campaign during the Assembly election had a positive impact and we fared well in Muslim-dominated areas. We will try to repeat the same for the Lok Sabha elections. But there is still a lot to be done. We need to educate people about Modiji’s development model,” said a BJP leader.

The minority cell has already held meetings at the district level to ensure there is greater participation by its workers in the convention.

“At least 10 Muslim workers from each of the Muslim-dominated polling booth will attend the seminar,” said a senior BJP leader.