While many anti-Modi campaigners from Gujarat have reached Varanasi to dissuade people from voting for him, a group of 25 Muslim supporters of Modi, mostly affiliated to the BJP minority cell, left for the holy city on Monday to “spread the Modi word”. The group was led by prominent BJP Muslim leader Ghani Qureshi.
Qureshi and a group of 25 Muslims from across the state, including Vadodara, Dahod and Kutch, left in a bus that aims to “spread” the message of Modi as it passes through Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh before finally reaching UP. Qureshi says the members of the Muslim community will join them along the way. “We will stop at Dahod from where Modi’s Muslim supporters will join us for Varanasi. On Tuesday, we will stop in Ujjain from where local Haj President Tanveer Ahmad will also join the campaign to Varanasi, along with others,” said Qureshi. In Dahod, former councillor Iqbal Kharodwala will join the group with his supporters from the Bohra Muslim community that is believed to have pledged its support to Modi in the last two Assembly polls.
The group will reach Varanasi on Tuesday night. From there, they will also travel to Azamgarh, Ghazipur, Mau and other adjoining seven districts to campaign for Modi among the predominantly Muslim population. Ahmadbhai Jat, director of Gujarat State Wakf Board from Bhuj-Kutch, who is also accompanying the group, said, “Our aim is to make people aware that Modi is a visionary leader who does not differentiate between communities, but involves everyone on the path to growth.”