BJP’s lone Muslim face confident of victory

The BJP’s lone Muslim face in the forthcoming Assembly polls is not afraid of invoking the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s name to seek votes.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2013 2:07:49 am

The BJP’s lone Muslim face in the forthcoming Assembly polls is not afraid of invoking the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s name to seek votes.

An LLB graduate from Delhi University,Mohammed Nizamuddin,a practising advocate and BJP’s candidate from Matia Mahal constituency,believes the post-Partition generation had moved on and would vote on issues “relevant” to the community.

“There is a change in the way youngsters think these days. They would vote for development,an issue championed by Modi. There are 52 per cent Muslims and 46 per cent Hindus in the constituency and all have lived together for years. And the Muslims are more inclined towards the BJP than the Congress or any other party. Besides,people from my community too want to see Modi as PM,” the Tis Hazari court lawyer,who has been practising for 27 years,said.

Nizamuddin said sitting MLA Shoaib Iqbal won because the party did not field a strong candidate against him. But,that won’t be the case this time,he added. “Iqbal won because I did not fight the elections,” he said.

Confident of his victory,he said,“Iqbal did not carry out any development work. There is no senior secondary school,no AC community hall,no shelter for senior citizens and,with winter approaching,no shelter for homeless people. People want development and I’m confident we will win this time,” he said.

Asked why the party had given ticket to only one Muslim candidate,he explained that minority morcha president Atif Rashid had demanded five seats but the party picked only one candidate. “We had demanded five seats but we will go with the party’s decision. Senior leaders probably found better candidates. We hope that the candidate from Okhla will also be a Muslim,” Nizamuddin said.

On the story behind his name,he said,“As my parents believe that it was because of the blessings of Nizamuddin Auliya that I (the only child) was born,I was named Nizamuddin by my mother.”

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