To show Muslim support, RSS ensures invites for three dozen

Likewise, passes have been arranged for some guests from the Christian community as well.

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2014 11:39 am

The BJP may not have a single Muslim MP but the RSS wants to ensure that at least 30 Muslim faces are present for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Monday.

It has organised invites for over three dozen Muslims, from across the country. Some of them have already arrived in the Capital.

Likewise, passes have been arranged for some guests from the Christian community as well.

Girish Juyal, a former pracharak working with the RSS’s Muslim Rashtriya Manch and one of those assigned to look after the Muslim guests, confirmed the invitations. “Our effort is to ensure that a message doesn’t go out that this government has no support among Muslims,” Juyal said. During the campaign, the BJP had distributed skull caps to show Muslim presence at its meetings.

Some of them may not be able to come but passes have been arranged for all, said sources. Most of the guests are associated with the Muslim Rashtriya Manch. Some are religious leaders, while a few are ordinary Muslims, sources said.

Apart from Juyal, Virag Pachpore, Golok Behari and Mahiradhwaj Singh have been deputed to look after these guests. Of them only Pachpore is a pracharak, others are former RSS pracharaks.

The invitees include Faiz Khan (from Raipur), Dr Salim Raj (Raipur), S K Moinuddin (Jabalpur), Tayyab Qureshi (Ghaziabad), Maulana Shamoom Kasmi (Bijnore), Maulana Shoeb Kasmi (Bijnore), Dr Sadakat Ali (Roorkie), Mohd Ashraf Asharfi (Bareilly), Imran Chaudhary (Delhi), Mohammad Afzal (Delhi), Shehzad Ali (Agra), Abbas Ali Vorah (Bangalore), Latif Maqdoom (Pune), Dr Shahid Akhtar (Ranchi), Engineer Ghulam Ali (Srinagar), Abu Baqar Naqvi (Tonk), Reshma Hussain (Jaipur), Ghani Bhai Qureshi (Gujarat), Maulana Zahid and Zahangir Alam, among others.

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  1. A
    May 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    31% votes only. The downslide has started.
    1. A
      May 26, 2014 at 4:04 am
      BJP has a muslim M.P and that too a woman .Aysha Bai nee HEMA MALINI. I think she is named as Aysh bai .R.Chakrabarthy.Modi should invite Navaz Sheriffs daughter or let us hope she is coming with her father for thegreat words of why not we live like Europe and not like Koreas.The greatest effect of MODITVA is this word
      1. R
        May 26, 2014 at 3:58 am
        beginning of tokenism ... no representation in government, but representation guaranteed for photo op in front of media and world.
        1. L
          Lakshmi Chatti
          May 26, 2014 at 5:12 am
          A good move to begin with.The country expects more such measures.
          1. D
            Dinesh Singh
            May 26, 2014 at 9:51 pm
            So All others like Salman Khan, em Khan Arbaz khan, Javed akhtar and others present at the ceremony are not muslims?
            1. R
              May 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm
              Media and our imbecile potion should grow out of this Hindu - Muslim business. As a Hindu, I am willing to die for my Muslim Brethren..and I have enouugh muslim brethren to die for me...cmon guys, build a better other indicators of progress..grow up..kirthi
              1. R
                Rangaesh Gadasalli
                May 26, 2014 at 5:52 am
                This is great news. with People like Shah Nawaz Khan, Mohtar Abbas, and MJ Akbar , the bjp can recruit many more nationalist Muslims to show that the party is not anti Muslim. As per some pollsters, The BJP got 10% of Muslim votes this time which lead to defeats of many SP, BSP and JDU candidates. As Modiji is giving priority to educate women all over India and fight poverty every where, I don't see why more and more Muslims would not join the BJP and NDA. Many Muslims do feel Congress took advantage of them for too long.
                1. A
                  May 26, 2014 at 10:29 am
                  yes very true, BJP is paying Congress & other so called "secular" parties in the same currency that they used to do with BJP.
                  1. G
                    May 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm
                    And if no Muslim or Christian leaders were invited you would claim BJP was ignoring them.
                    1. H
                      Hari Shankar
                      May 26, 2014 at 12:07 am
                      Wise move to have Muslim and Christian guests.
                      1. J
                        Jadu Mandir
                        May 26, 2014 at 10:46 am
                        Some people will never be satisfied! They are plagued by looking at a half empty gl!
                        1. K
                          May 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm
                          a closed mind is an empty mind. Give the new PM a chance!
                          1. R
                            Rajesh Rao
                            May 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm
                            Democratize RSS and shut those psudo seculars.
                            1. B
                              Birendra Singh
                              May 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm
                              I would have been happier if the swearing in ceremony was a far simpler affair.....why burden state exchequer for pomp and show. The amount spent on the extravaganza could have made difference to so many lives in the country.
                              1. R
                                Ravi Ranjan
                                May 26, 2014 at 4:07 am
                                A lot of noise is made over the BJP not having a Muslim MP but those making such comments obviously ignore the fact that members of the largest minority community in India have remained indifferent to the BJP mainly due to their won religious leaders and political campaigns of the so called secular parties such a situation one does not understand how can the BJP force Muslims to become its members and seek its nomination.If there are no Muslim MP it is not BJP's fault.
                                1. S
                                  May 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm
                                  If you do, its bad if you dont do its worse. Dont know what people want?
                                  1. R
                                    May 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm
                                    Cong(I) had 26% vote in 2004 and 28% in 2009. CPM(I) for 30 years of rule in W. Bengal never exceeded 35% vote share.
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                                      Tp Jayaraman
                                      May 26, 2014 at 9:59 am
                                      A good tact to hire Muslims and Christians to make a false show !
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