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Modi asks Muslims to choose development over votebank politics

Modi asks Muslims to choose development over votebank politics

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 4, 2009

Charging the Congress, BSP and SP with treating Muslims as a mere vote bank and doing little for their welfare, Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked the minority community to shun these parties and support the BJP's "politics of development" which was visible in Gujarat.

"Madam Sonia, SP and BSP only indulge in vote bank politics.... BJP is the only political party in the country which believes in politics of development," the Gujarat Chief Minister said at an election rally here which was held amid tight security with the election authorities keeping a strict vigil on the proceedings.

"What has the politics of vote bank given us in the past 60 years. People still do not have water to drink, no roofs over their head and no proper education for children," the Hindutva posterboy said.

The BJP star campaigner said "one family" had ruled the country on the basis of vote bank politics but gave nothing to Muslims in return.

The only way to get rid of this politics was to support the "politics of development as was currently visible in Gujarat."

"Despite the gloomy picture presented about Muslims in Gujarat, the Muslims of Gujarat have the maximum per capita income in the country," Modi claimed.

Continuing his tirade against Manmohan Singh, Modi said that the Prime Minister feels bad when he is termed as "weak" but he should have taken a "bold" initiative against Pakistan "which only understood the language of force" and proved otherwise.

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