In its campaign to project its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a secular leader ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections,the BJP is making an appeal to Muslims in Kanpur to wear skull caps and burqas for Modis rally scheduled to be held on October 19. The Gujarat Chief Minister begins his poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh with Kanpur rally.
Members of Kanpur Mahanagar unit of the partys minority morcha are running a door-to-door campaign asking Muslims to attend the rally. During Modis September 10 rally in Jaipur,reportedly,Muslims men donned skull caps while Muslim women wore burqas.
Raees Ahmad,president of the BJP minority wing,told The Indian Express,We are making an appeal to Muslim men to wear skull cap while women are requested to wear burqas in the rally on October 19. That is being done to ensure that Muslims in the rally could be recognised easily and their support for the party could be assessed. Ahmad said he expected at least 5,000 Muslims from Kanpur city to attend the rally.
He said that such an appeal was made Monday in the Muslim-dominated areas of Kanpur such as Chamanganj,Besanganj,Babupurva and Dalenpurva. He said that such appeal will be made continuously till October 18.
UP BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai,however,denied the reports of any such plea being made for the Kanpur rally. No directives have been given from party to make any such appeal to wear skull caps and burqas in the rally. BJP never divides the people on the line of religion,caste and gender.
Ahmad also said that the BJPs minority wing will start a campaign after the rally to facilitate voter registration of Muslims in the district.
UP BJP minority wing general secretary Haider Abbas Chaand said,To attract muslims for the rally,we are telling the community about the all-round development that Modi government has done in Gujarat. We are telling them that Modi government has not done any partiality against Muslims in Gujarat and the Congress is misleading them against Modiji.