At Deoband,clerics talk of ‘Modi magic’

Muslims will vote for BJP but essentially Muslims will tend to veer towards local alternatives like Trinamool.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | Deoband | Published:December 15, 2013 12:16 am

As 250 Islamic clerics from SAARC countries and the UK converged in Deoband for two days for a peace conference,it was as if a man called Narendra Modi isn’t angling for India’s PM post and riots hadn’t ripped through Muzaffarnagar,30 km away,barely three months ago.

Participants at the conference organised by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind refused to be drawn into conversations about politics,the homosexuality debate or the riots. But privately,many JuH functionaries conceded that “Modi magic” seemed to be working at the national-level. “It may be difficult to stall the BJP unless there is a concerted effort to put together a third front. Some Muslims will vote for BJP but essentially Muslims will tend to veer towards local alternatives like Trinamool in West Bengal,” said a participant.

There was also a feeling that Delhi Muslims may have been spooked by Modi into voting for Congress but should a re-election happen,they would vote for the AAP.

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