Modi’s slogan ‘development for all and appeasement of none’ is impacting Muslims

published on January 20, 2013

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan ‘development without appeasement or discrimination’, which is an antidote to the politics of minority appeasement being practiced in the country for decades, is clearly finding robust acceptability amongst a vast section of Muslims in Gujarat. And if the same phenomenon starts having impact at the national level then Modi might emerge as one of the first politicians ever to find a solution to the politics of religious appeasement that has torn the nation’s social fabric.  A  close look at the voting pattern of Muslims in the recent Gujarat Assembly polls gives a big thumbs-up to Modi’s ‘politics of development for all’ and his call to free India from the clutches of vote-bank politics. An unbelievable 30 to 60 per cent Muslims voted for the BJP in as many as 22 constituencies where Muslims are in significant numbers.
In Wagra in South Gujarat and Bhuj in Kutch, Muslim votes played a key role in the BJP victory though the Congress candidates on both the seats were Muslims. As Kamaluddin Kazi , a school van owner in Gandevi in South Gujarat, puts it: “The civic works that Muslim areas have seen in Gandevi town by the local BJP-ruled municipality are unprecedented. In fact, development is coming to us for the first time since Independence. I pray Modi becomes Prime Minister of India in 2014.” Adds Mehboobali Bavasaheb, president of the Gujarat BJP Minority Morcha, who played a stellar role in taking Modi’s message of development to the Muslims: “This election is, in a way, a turning point in the political context. Muslim support to Modi on his development plank has surpassed our best expectations.”

Read full analysis by Uday Mahurkar , senior Editor of Indian Today @

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