New Delhi, Aug. 18 (ANI): Rubbishing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's claim that he had received 25 percent of Muslim votes in the previous state elections, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said Sunday that the Bharatiya Janata Party'(BJP) can only expect votes of two Muslims-Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi-in the 2014 general elections.
"It is a baseless statement, a false statement. Nobody will agree that 25 percent Muslim population in Gujarat have supported him (Modi) in the last election. Even the total percentage of votes has come down in comparison with the last election," Alvi said.
"Only two Muslim votes may go to the BJP and Narendra Modi. Unfortunately both voters don't belong to Gujarat-one belongs to Bihar, Shahnawaz Hussain, and the other Muslim is Naqvi, who belongs to Allahabad. I think there are only two (Muslim) voters all over the country that the BJP may get. Otherwise, no voter from the Muslim community will support him," he added.
Additionally, Alvi questioned that if Modi's claim were hypothetically true, why did he not give any tickets to minority aspirants in the state.
"If he wants to be happy that Muslims are supporting him, I can't stop him. But my question is, even if I agree that 20 to 25 percent Muslims are voting and supporting Narendra Modi-how many tickets has he given to Muslims in Gujarat? If Muslims are supporting him, if it is true, then it shows his real face to the nation-in spite of the support of the Muslims, he doesn't want to give even one percent of the tickets to the Muslim community? It, itself, proves what kind of politics Narendra Modi wants to do in this secular country," Alvi said.
In the Campaign Committee meeting held in New Delhi earlier today, Modi reportedly told BJP leaders that 25 percent of Muslims in his state vote for their party.
"In Gujarat, around 20-25 per cent Muslims voted for the BJP and we need to reach out to them and other sections of the society in the rest of the country also," Mr. Modi said at the meeting. (ANI)