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Modi claims 20-25 pc minority votes in last Assembly poll

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday claimed that ‘20-25 per cent’ voters from the minority community had voted for him in the Assembly polls and asked the party cadre to reach out to all sections, including Muslims, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

At a conclave of BJP Election Campaign Committee, state unit presidents and organisation general secretaries, Modi and other top central leaders emphasised on the need for reaching out to voters from the booth-level in the next elections. During his speech, Modi said BJP should reach out to all sections, including minorities.

He said he had made overtures to the minority community, especially the poor, in Gujarat and this had resulted in about ‘20-25 per cent’ among them voting for the BJP.

The Hindutva icon said he told the minority community how Congress had not done anything for them and their poverty was due to this neglect. He maintained that a similar approach should be adopted by the party across the country to win over the minority voters.

In an interesting observation, Modi said there are different segments within the Muslims like Shias, Sunnis, Bohras and others and they can be reached out with promises of redressing their specific grievances.

Modi and leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj underscored the need for strengthening the party at the booth level.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain later told reporters that ‘One booth, ten youth’ would be the aim of the party.
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