BJP hosts first rally of Muslims in Bengal Days after a Muslim youth was killed in Pune by members of a radical right-wing outfit, Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS), the West Bengal unit of the BJP took out a rally featuring hundreds of Muslims here on Tuesday. It is one of the rare occasions when a few hundred members of Muslim community raised their voices against the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC). The rally is indicative of the BJPâ€™s growing interest in Bengalâ€™s Muslim vote bank as the party has realised it is virtually impossible to win any election in the State that has 25 to 26 per cent minority population without wooing the Muslims. So the BJPâ€™s State committee and the Central leadership have stepped up their activities to win over the minorities, right after the Lok Sabha elections. Last week, the party had dispatched State-level teams to probe the killing of Sheikh Rahim, a daily wage-earner in Birbhum district, while announcing its plan to get the members of the minority cell to investigate the death of Mr. Rahim. On Tuesday, the party launched a rally through the heart of central Kolkata to protest the killing of Mr. Rahim. Minority Morcha President of the BJP, Shakil Ansari, toldThe Hinduthat such â€˜protest-demonstrations were already yielding resultsâ€™. â€œMuslims are now joining the BJP because they have seen through the TMC and the CPI (M)â€™s falsehood that if BJP came to power Muslims would be slaughtered. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking a lot of steps for minority development,â€ said Mr. Ansari. He accused the TMC of trying to keep the â€˜Muslims confined within the boundaries of Madrasa education, doing Namazâ€™. â€œMadrasa education will not help Muslim youth become doctors and engineers. They need modern education to achieve progress.â€ Taking a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeeâ€™s decision to provide monthly honorarium to Muslim clerics, Mr. Ansari said that by Madrasa education, Muslim youths would only become imams. When asked by journalists earlier in the day as to why any BJP leaders are not condemning the murder of a Muslim youth in Pune, BJP State president Rahul Sinha avoided giving a direct answer. He said, â€œI am not authorised to make comments on what happened in Pune as the State president of the BJP. Only Central leaders, who are authorised to talk on national matters, can speak on this.â€ Mr. Sinha, however, slammed the TMC for the murder of Mr. Rahim and said, â€œThey (TMC leaders) always raise such a hue and cry about minority development, but their first victim after the general elections is a member of the minority community.â€ BJP hosts first rally of Muslims in Bengal - The Hindu So bjp is also do the sometime the so called votebank politics. Bjp is interested to highlight the first bjp supporter killed in west bengal is muslim and also calling him as 'member of minority community'. Very interesting. 1st,bjp always shout that they unlike the other parties don't belive dividing citizen by religion. But that don't stop them to make a minority morcha,make a rally by mostly muslim members. and its also don't stop them to highlight rahim shiekh as muslim bjp supporter not just a bjp supporter. 2nd,it is very popular opinion among our bjp supporter that muslim are not minority and minority affairs minister also said muslim are not minority. According to them 180 million muslim or 14.5% of total population can't be considered as minority. But look at this incident bjp making a rally of muslims in the name minority morcha. Describing their killed muslim supporter as member of minority community and want to call their central minority cell to investigate that. Bjp don't consider muslim as minority in all india level who are 14.5% of total popoulation. But ready to consider muslim of west bengal specially west bengal's birbhum district(where the incident happen) as minority. Regardless the fact that according to govt. estimation muslim are 27% of west bengal's total population and 37% of west bengal's birbhum district total population and according to rss,vhp who are sister org of bjp its 33% and 45% respectively. which is relatively very much high compare to all india muslim percentage 14.5%.