By Aashique HussainNew Delhi [India] March 16 (ANI): Before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has up the ante to woo the Muslim community.
In an aggressive approach to bringing muslims to the party fold, BJP Minority Morcha will launch a special 'Modi Mitra' outreach program from April 20 onwards till February 2024.
Party has selected 65 Muslim-dominated Lok Sabha seats where the Muslim population is more than 30 per cent. BJP's Minority Morcha will start this campaign after Eid.
"We are commencing a Muslim engagement programme 'Modi Mitra' post-April 20 till February 2024. For this, we have identified 65 Lok Sabha seats across the country, where Muslim population is more than 30 per cent. Under this outreach campaign, our target is those muslims who do not belong to any political party and are impressed with PM Modi's schemes," said BJP Minority Morcha President Jamal Siddiqui.
"As per our assessment, there are at least 5,000-10,000 people in every targeted Lok Sabha seat. We will talk to them and take their feedback on how the government schemes helped them and what further can be done for them to make improvements. We are also planning a 'Samvad' of PM Modi of all those in February next year," added Siddiqui.
Under this campaign, BJP Minority Morcha will run different programmes in all these Lok Sabha seats. Starting from door-to-door campaigns to the use of social media, small seminars, advertising campaigns etc, the party will showcase the Modi government's welfare works for the Muslim community.
BJP is planning to reach out to people will be from all walks of life be it doctors, engineers, social workers, journalists, professors etc. In other words, these people will not be political activists but have the power to influence society. To connect them with the party, they will be made 'Modi Mitra' so that the message and policies of the Modi government can be delivered among the Muslims in a better way, the BJP Minority Morcha chief said.
"The population of Muslims in the country is 14 per cent, which is considered very important politically. Since the formation of the government under the leadership of Narendra Modi, BJP has been trying to make its place among Muslims, but the hearts of the Muslims have not yet melted. BJP knows very well that if it connects with this community, then the way ahead will be much easier. That is why BJP is working in many ways to make a place in the hearts of Muslims," Siddiqui said.
Out of the total 543 Lok Sabha seats across the country, there are 80 seats where the Muslim population is more than 20 per cent while 65 seats have more than 30 per cent Muslims. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 58 out of 80 seats with a vote share of more than 20 per cent and had to face defeat in 22 seats. Whereas, Muslim MPs were elected on 27 seats in the 17th Lok Sabha.
Out of these 65 Muslim-majority Lok Sabha seats, 13 each from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have been included. Five seats are from Jammu and Kashmir, four from Bihar, six each from Kerala and Assam, three from Madhya Pradesh, two each from Telangana and Haryana and one seat each from Maharashtra and Lakshadweep. In these seats, Siddiqui said along with the BJP, the 'Rashtriya Muslim Manch' associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is having 'dialogues and contacts' with theMuslims. (ANI)