Senior BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said on Sunday, Narendra Modi is the “favourite” prime ministerial candidate of Muslims for next Lok Sabha polls. He said the faith in Modi among Muslims had increased, especially among the women.
14 per cent Muslims of India’s 130 crore population and the community plays a key role in the electoral outcome in a sizeable number of Lok Sabha seats.
Hussain blamed the Congress for the poverty and backwardness of the Muslims in the country, saying the party had done injustice to the community and Modi had given them justice.
Other parties used to take votes from Muslims by spreading the “fear” of Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the prime minister had taken out that fear, Hussain said.
Now they see that Modi is in power but there is no problem, the BJP leader added.
Hussain also said Allahabad’s name was changed to Prayagraj as “injustice” was done in the past” and now, “justice” had been restored.
“The earlier name was Prayagraj that was changed. To correct that mistake, is it wrong?
“Earlier also, Bangalore’s name was changed to Bengaluru, Madras was changed to Chennai. So, how does history come into this,” he said, rebutting the Congress’s charge that the Modi government was trying to rewrite history.
On the Ram temple issue, Hussain said for the BJP, it was a matter of faith and not a poll plank.