At last Gujarati Muslims hail Modis development card!December 24th, 2007 - 7:07 pm ICT by admin
Ahmedabad, Dec 24 (ANI): Muslims in Gujarat, a state which witnessed one of the worst communal riots, now appear to have embraced Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s development plank, despite his distinctly anti-minority image.
In a two-phased election that took place in the state on December 11 and 16, the BJP registered a thumping victory by winning 117 seats, ten less from its earlier figure, while the Opposition Congress, won 59 seats, seven more than its earlier tally.
Muslims, who make up almost nine percent of the state’s population, are now asserting that they have nothing to fear under Modis regime.
Narendra Modi is a very apt Minister. He has done a lot for the state and has come back to power with a majority despite various segments working against him,” said, Raus Mohammed, a Muslim voter.
Noor Mohammed, another local, said: “Since the past five years, things have been fine for us and we are sure the government will work for our development.
The two major political parties, the Congress and the BJP had, in their election campaigns, stressed on the importance of development, but soon descended into a war of words over Hindu-Muslim division.
Modi, who stands accused of encouraging the 2002 Godhra riots in which around 2500 people were killed, most of them being Muslims, dominates political debate in the state. During the campaign, he chose to seek votes on a platform of growth and development.
Analysts say this verdict is likely to add muscle to the BJP nationally.
Modi became Gujarat’s Chief Minister for the first time in October 2001, when Keshubhai Patel resigned, following the defeat of the BJP in by-elections. Thereafter, the BJP won the December 2002 election, securing 127 seats. (ANI)
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