Kolkata: The BJP is gradually beginning its conversation with Muslims. As India’s largest party, it needs to do this, irrespective of how many Muslims may or may not vote for it. Even so, rather than reward a few token Muslim leaders with key posts and pretend that is “empowerment”, Modi has opted to dive deeper.
After the positive response from the earlier conference, The state BJP Minority Morcha has decided to organise another minority seminar in Kolkata on February 19.
It is reported that State party president Dilip Ghosh, senior leader Mukul Roy and others will be present at the minority seminar on February 19. Through this seminar, they will highlight measures taken by the Narendra Modi government to uplift minority communities. BJP Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta will address the gathering.
According to party sources, adding prominent faces from minority communities such as Kazi Masum Akhtar, headmaster of Talpukur Aara High madrasa, will attend the seminar. Akhtar was assaulted by members of his community for teaching schoolchildren to sing the national anthem in preparation for Republic Day on January 26, 2016.
On January 11, the state BJP minority morcha had organised a minority conference at Rani Rashmoni Avenue in Kolkata. According to a senior BJP leader, reaching out to all communities will benefit the party immensely ahead of 2018 panchayat polls.