State BJP minority cell’s new chief dies of heart attack

Haji Kader Salot (51),who was appointed president of the Gujarat BJP’s minority cell only last month,died of heart attack at a Surat hospital around 4:45 am on Monday.

Written by Express News Service | Surat | Published: June 11, 2013 4:25 am

Haji Kader Salot (51),who was appointed president of the Gujarat BJP’s minority cell only last month,died of heart attack at a Surat hospital around 4:45 am on Monday.

He was brought to the hospital after he suffered a heart attack at the Circuit House,where he had met Muslim clerics and businessmen just over an hour ago.

Salot’s body was taken to Rajkot where he hailed from.

Salot was also the vice-chairman of the Gujarat Minorities Finance and Development Corporation.

Hours before his death,Salot and partymen had together celebrated CM Narendra Modi’s appointment as the BJP’s campaign committee chairman and he also spoke to The Indian Express.

“The popularity of Narendra Modi is growing nationally not only among Hindus,but also among Muslims. The clerics from 25 national-level Muslims religious institutions across the country contacted me and showed interest in extending the hands of friendship with Modi. They all are eager to meet him and we have planned a meeting soon,” Salot had told this paper.

“On Sunday,I received congratulatory messages from ulemas in the US,United Kingdom and South Africa who extended support to Modi,” he said.

Salot had inaugurated an English and Gujarati-medium school at Karjan in Vadodara on Sunday along with state’s Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. After the programme,Salot came to Surat in the evening and met city BJP leaders at a programme to celebrate Modi’s anointment.

He had dinner at a hotel and returned to the Circuit House where several Muslim businessmen and clerics met him,showing their eagerness to join the BJP. The meeting lasted till 1:30 am Monday.

At 2:45 am,Salot complained of breathing problem and chest pain. He was rushed to a hospital at Athwalines where he passed away.

The director of the Gujarat Minorities Finance and Development Corporation,Dr Mohsin Lokhandwala,said,“We have lost an important personality. He had planned a series of schemes for Muslims.”

Salot was a key figure who built bridges between Muslims and the BJP in the aftermath of the 2002 communal riots. “After the 2002 riots,he succeeded in dispelling the perception among his community that the BJP was an anti-Muslim party,” state BJP’s general secretary and spokesman Vijay Rupani said.

Salot,who ran a construction business,wielded considerable influence among Muslims,especially in Saurashtra. He had engineered the defection of two Muslim corporators of the Congress in Junagadh in November last year.

Salot had quit Congress to join BJP in 1990. When Keshubhai Patel was the CM,he was appointed chairman of the Gujarat Finance Development Corporation.

He is survived by his wife,two sons and a daughter.

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