Modi visits Muslim areas in Godhra,Muslims greet him overwhelmingly

via published on February 2, 2009

Large number of Muslims, holding national
tricolour, greeted the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during his
visit to the densely populated Muslim areas such as Polan Bazaar,
Signal Faliya, Satpul Ol, Goya Mohalla, Badri Mohalla, Vhorvad, Ambli
Faliya, Sathadiya Bazar, Adumbar Kuva, Makanpura, Kadiavad, Bavani
Madhi, Savlivad, Gondara etc. in Godhra town on the night before
Republic Day.

Muslims community in Polan Bazaar had
decorated their homes and illuminated them marking the 60th Republic
Day celebration. Banner welcoming Narendra Modi could be seen outside
the streets in Muslim areas.

Modi was in Godhra for the official Republic Day celebrations of Gujarat government.

Godhra’s Ghanchi Muslim Samaj had submitted a
letter to the Panchmahal’s District Collector Milind Torwane,
requesting to organise Modi’s visit to the Polan Bazaar and arrange a
felicitation for the CM there.

Vipul Agrawal, the In-charge of the district
Supritendent of Police of the Panchmahals district, who was part of
Chief Minister’s motorcade convoy during Modi’s visit to Polan Bazaar,
told agencies that they had found it difficult to control the crowd who
were very eager to greet Modi.

The Panchmahals district and police
administration took upon the responsibility of Modi’s visit to this
most sensitive area and Modi halted his car in the area to greet Muslim
youths and shook hands with them.

The security agencies from Gandhinagar were
against Modi visiting the sensitive Polan Bazaar locality. Muslim
youths offered flowers to Modi. A Muslim youth Mustafa Musa Pathan put
on the mask of Modi on his face and did acting of Modi standing in a
jeep which was a part of rally which moved into Godhra town and the
District Collector Torwane awarded a cash prize of Rs 5,000 to the

Modi preferred to halt his car in the Polan
Bazaar saying that they are all members of five-and-half crore
population of Gujarat.

Modi’s car convoy consisted of only three cars
as he did not want big convoy of cars. It took more than 15 minutes for
Modi’s convoy of cars to move into Polanbazar locality where the people
had lined up on both the sides of the roads. Modi honoured eminent five
Muslim leaders in the Republic Day function.

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