Modi not 'anti-Muslim', say attendees Lalkar rally
Many people from the Valley, especially women, who attended the rally of Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday, claimed that they do not see him as 'anti-Muslim' and alleged that he was given that tag for "political advantage".india Updated: Dec 01, 2013 21:29 IST
Many people from the Valley, especially women, who attended the rally of Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday, claimed that they do not see him as 'anti-Muslim' and alleged that he was given that tag for "political advantage".
Sgafiqa Akhtar of Tagdhar, Kashmir, pointed out, "The maximum number of riots took place during the Congress regimes in both the Centre and the states, but nobody blames the Congress for them."
Criticising the present National Conference-Congress alliance for labelling Modi as 'anti-Muslim', she alleged, "What happened in Gujarat was given wrong publicity. The Congress government ordered the hanging of Afzal Guru, convicted for the Parliament attack. The Congress had formed the government at the Centre and in the state."
Accusing the Congress of "vilifying" Modi, she added, "The Congress says that Modi was a 'chaiwallah', but a 'chaiwallah' did not sell the country for political gain. Modi will lead us on the path of development, and he will become our next Prime Minister."
Haleena, also from the Valley, said Modi was the right candidate to become the next Prime Minister of the country.
"He is being unnecessarily projected as anti-Hindu. As the Prime Minister, he will lead us into an era of development and prosperity," she added.
Shazia Khan of downtown Maisoma, Srinagar, while reposing confidence in Modi, said, "For me, the main issue is development, which I feel Modi will bring in Jammu and Kashmir as well. For me he (Modi) is not anti-Muslim. I have heard that the most prosperous Muslims live in Gujarat."
Expressing frustration with the government, Mahesha Bee from the Gujjar community said, "Nobody sees the development and prosperity that Modi has brought to Gujarat. They just dub him as communal, but I do not subscribe to that view. We (Gujjars) have been living in inhumane conditions for the last 65 years. No government has done anything for the upliftment of our community. This time, we will give a chance to Modi and hope that he will remove the disparities."
Thanking the BJP-led NDA government for safeguarding their lives during the Kargil War, Lena Bano of Kargil said, "We have full faith in the BJP, and now in Narendra Modi. As BJP has saved our lives in the 1999 Kargil War with Pakistan, Modi too will support us if such a situation arises again."
Accusing the Congress of playing divisive politics, Kaneez Fatima, also from Kargil said, "The Congress' policy has always been to promote groupism so that the atmosphere of uncertainty always looms. It thrives on creating division among party, people and religion."