Why this Muslim majority town in Gujarat voted for BJP

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  1. Daredevil

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    Salaya, Jamnagar: Salem Mohammad Baghaad's resume reveals a history of political promiscuity. The 45-year-old has, at different points in his career as a member of the local corporation in his hometown of Salaya, represented the Congress, the Samata Party and others.

    But it is his partnership with the BJP that has delivered the richest returns. He tied up with the party three years ago. Yesterday, Mr Baghaad led a group of 27 Muslims, who all contested the local election for the BJP, and won their seats.

    For the first time, the local corporation in Salaya, a town where Muslims form 90 percent of the population, a seven-hour drive from Ahmedabad, will be governed by the BJP.

    "Honestly, joining the BJP was a tough decision for me," he says. "But I was confident about myself, about my decision. I knew if I joined hands with Mr Modi, it will mean more benefits for the town and more development."

    After the victory of five candidates fielded by BJP in 2010 elections, Salaya started to get more funds for development in the area. Mr Bhagaad also convinced other Muslims that for further development in Salaya they need to join hands with the ruling party in the state.

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who was re-elected for a fourth term in December, has spent years on an image makeover which makes him identifiable with the development of Gujarat rather than the state's communal riots of 2002, in which more than 1,000 Muslims were killed on his watch. His most extreme critics accuse him of complicity in the riots; others suggest he didn't do enough to stop them. Neither set of allegations have been proved.

    For Baghaad and others like him in Salaya, doubts about affiliating with the BJP were far outnumbered by the fear of being excluded from Gujarat's story of development.

    With a population of over 33,000, the town till a decade ago was notorious for smuggling at its small-time port. Other than the anti-terror squad, nobody seemed to be looking out for Salaya. Roads, electricity, water were in short supply.

    Then in 2010, Mr Baghaad and four other Muslims joined the BJP and won the nagarpalika polls. And suddenly, Salaya had a chance.

    "It was like Narendra Modi opened the government coffers for us. Whatever money we wanted for development came flowing in. And it hasn't stopped," Mr Baghaad says.

    Concrete roads, uninterrupted power, streetlights have made dramatic appearances. 65-year-old Jannat Bibi, who has been elected to the corporation, said that's the reason why she switched from the Congress to the BJP. "We used to wade through knee-deep water to fetch drinking water during monsoons ... now all of that is history," she says.

    In December, Mr Modi fielded no Muslim candidate for the 182 seats at stake in the state elections. Opponents said this proves he is not secular. The BJP points to Salaya to assert that the party chooses its candidates carefully based on the likelihood of their success, and not on religion.

    Why this Muslim-majority town in Gujarat voted for Narendra Modi's BJP | NDTV.com
     
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    Instead of chasing after votes, Modi has rewarded those who voted for him. So if you want to be part of the development story, vote for Modi or be sorry.
     
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    Maybe instead of doling out farm loan waiver schemes, Congress should take a leaf out of NaMo's book ?
     
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    sesha_maruthi27 Senior Member Senior Member

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    The next PM must be MODI, if INDIA wants growth and development.........
     
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    Sickulars are divisive while NaMo is a unifier. Salya proves it.
     
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    Why?
    May be because the (non voting) intellectuals, pundits, politicians see the people of this country through the prism of caste and creed, through the ways they use to divide them. Hence the surprised raising eyebrows at the latest stunt of our Mango Abdul.
    But democracy is funny enough. Not every man walking on the street of India thinks like these baboons.
    He has a far simpler wisdom coming from a much humble life.
    Sometimes people use the ballot to define themselves, not as muslims or hindus but as good or bad voters.
    Amen to that.

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    we are indian and will not allow quality , we were first ruled by kings then muslim then english now few poltician .
     
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    Well,that's really what happening here.Modi always takes care of areas from where BJP win.And that's why most of people vote him.
     
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    These Gujju Muslims choose Development over Congress.

    Perhaps they have started understanding how Congress were making a fool of them for 6 decades.
     
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    News should ring bells to BJP and its supporters going gaga over Hindutva. BJP's future is not Hindutva but development. That man is praised and wins masses because he has not spoken anything else than development. I haven't heard him talk of religion in recent past.
     
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    ^^ it's time you widened your definition of Hindutva, cause believe it or not, Modi's development plank is also the plank of Hindutva.
    Hindutva and Hinduvad are different things. Development and Hindutva are complementary to each other, never antagonistic.
    Furthermore, if I remember correctly, you were among those who said that RSS and VHP would never support Modi, but lo! They were the first ones to openly declare their support for him. So I request you to not jump the gun and make such irrational conclusions again.

    When Muslims come out of their narrow religion based voting pattern and vote for a party which is devoted to developing Hindustan, that becomes the victory of Hindutva. Understand these basic things, then comment.
     
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    Why, oh, why? Our sickulars are too stunned even to react. Not even lame excuses are coming forth.

    We want development for all, not appeasement of one section who in words of MMS have the first claim on national resources.
     
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    You cannot condemn him after all he's a politician.
     
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    I take it that action speaks more that views about a person.

    Modi seems to have spoken to Gujarat with action and delivery.

    In a country that has a dismal performance and is riddled with scams that have no logical conclusions, I think, irrespective of class, community, creed and religion, the people want to be rid of the human bondage of poverty and non performance, downright thieving with a scam a day matrix and lining of pockets by the well placed, well connected and hence, well heeled and their political mentors and shareholders.

    Interestingly, today's newspapers indicate that the CBI has not got as yet the files to check on the Coalgate scam!
     
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    Add one more noon feather in CBI cap. It will never zero in on bribe takers in helo deal, even though Italians have fingered ACM Tyagi. Wait and see, no evidence would be found.
    त्यागी अकेला नहीं खा सकता. नेता लोगों ने भी खाया होगा

    Mind you, Obama found this very model too costly.
     
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