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BJP woos Muslims, rakes up Gopalgarh incident

In an attempt to reach out to Muslims before the assembly polls, BJP leaders brought up the Gopalgarh and Surwal incidents to attack the Congress government at a party event.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2013 09:25 IST
Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain
Hindustan Times

In an attempt to reach out to Muslims before the December 1 assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders brought up Gopalgarh and Surwal incidents to attack the Ashok Gehlot government at a party minority cell event on Sunday.

BJP leaders including Vasundhara Raje, Shahnawaz Hussain, Gulab Chand Kataria, Abdul Rashid Ansari, Sagir Ahmed and Nahid Sheikh termed the two incidents as the Congress' handiwork.

BJP's minority leaders alleged that Gopalgarh incident was the worst attack on Muslims in the state. "It was not an attack on the community alone but it was an attack on its religious places too," said Shahnawaz Hussain, national spokesperson of BJP.

Ten persons of the Meo Muslim community were killed in communal violence and police firing in Gopalgarh town of Bharatpur in September 2011.

He said those accused of setting ablaze Phool Mohammad, SHO of Man town police station, in March 2011 are still roaming free. "Even minority police officers are not safe in the state," he said, adding, "Those who claim to wear 'topi' and 'tilak' are people who play divisive politics as they define people with their religious symbols and not as Indians."

Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje charged the Congress government with neglecting issues concerning the minority community.

She alleged that Gehlot government has put all development work started by her government for the upliftment of minorities on back-burner. She alleged that the government had engineered the Gopalgarh and Surwal incidents to create a fear psychosis among the minority community.

However, members of the community are sceptical about supporting the saffron party. A large number of people at the rally claimed they had come to listen to Raje. "We have come to see if she has any has anything to offer to the community if she comes to power," said Imtiyaz Ahmed of Dargah Bazaar area.