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BJP set for Modi visit

- Minorities call boycott

Imphal, Feb. 1: Unfazed by the boycott call given by some minority organisations, the Manipur unit of the BJP today discussed strategies to make Narendra Modi’s Imphal visit on February 8 a success.

The BJP state unit president Thounaojam Chaoba Singh reviewed the present political scenario in the state with Muslim party workers against the backdrop of the boycott call and discussed strategies to make the visit a success.

Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, will address an election rally at Langjing Achouba ground in Imphal West, before heading for Guwahati the same day.

The Manipur unit of Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind and the Muslim Social Workers’ Union had announced a boycott of Modi’s visit and accused him of being communal and indulging in anti-minority activities.

Muslim BJP leaders, including rural body members and local club functionaries, numbering about 400 from 10 pockets of the valley, attended today’s meeting at the BJP head-office here.

Talking to reporters, Chaoba Singh said the boycott call was given by “vested interests” at the instigation of some parties. He, however, declined to name the parties.

“I will not blame anyone for this (boycott call) and I will leave it to the people to take their own decisions on who are behind it. Interestingly, the press release that announced the boycott also thanked Congress leaders for choosing Haji Abdul Salam as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Manipur.”

However, Muslim leaders, including president of the Manipur BJP Minority Morcha, Abdul Salam, blamed those “close” to the Congress for the boycott call which, they said, is communal. The Muslim leaders, who attended today’s BJP meeting, said the boycott decision was taken by only a few and was unacceptable.

Claiming that 15,000 Muslims had registered their names with the party for attending the Modi rally, Chaoba Singh said, “No Muslim organisation boycotted Modi rallies in other parts of the country. But this is happening in Manipur. This shows that there is an ulterior motives behind the boycott call.”


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