Rajasthan News

For Modi Rally Muslims to come in a dress code

by RajasthanDirect
Sep 09, 2013

Narendra Modi’s rally on the 10th of September in Jaipur has already got mired in controversy. BJP’s minority cell has issued a diktat asking Muslims to follow a particular dress code for the rally. BJP is expecting a mammoth turnout for the rally in Jaipur where BJP’s National President Rajnath Singh and former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will also be present. BJP’s minority cell has asked people from the Muslim community to come dressed in a specific attire. Men have been asked to wear sherwanis and topis and females have been asked to wear burqas. Whether this is Modi’s attempt to reach out to the Muslim community is anyone’s guess.

However, BJP leaders refuted that the party was trying to entice the minority community. Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman said, people from all sections of the society are invited to come and therefore, there is nothing specific to be said about any one particular community. State BJP leaders claimed that it was the party’s minority cell which had issued directions and they have the right to do so…the minority cell has the right to make a call own its own , said party leader Bhavani Singh Rajawat .

However , the Congress has latched on the issue claiming that it shows the party’s duplicity in its conduct with the minority community. Congress spokesperson Dr. Archana Sharma hit out at the BJP claiming…for the person whom they are holding this meeting, he himself publicly refused to accept the cap offered by religious leader in his state.

BJP leaders claim that the party does not differentiate amongst different sections of the society. However, the party’s latest attempt to woo the community may appear to be only a facade to many. Elections are due in Rajasthan this year with Vasundhara and Gehlot pitted against each other in what several claim to be a closely fought contest. BJP, it seems, is focusing on the upcoming Assembly election alongwith the next General election. The invitation sent out to lakhs of people by Vasundhara Raje for the September 10 rally does not even mention Narendra Modi’s name.

When Modi ji himself is going to be addressing here, that itself shows the importance every leader who is…invited here, inclusive of Rajnath ji, who is the National President of the BJP…, said party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman. The rally is likely to be a show of strength by Vasundhara Raje in Jaipur. Even the hoardings on display has mostly Vasundhara Raje in them with only some of them also showing Modi, Rajnath, Advani, Vajpayee. However, strangely, given the scale, party patriarch L K Advani has not even been invited for the rally.

src: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dress-code-for-muslims-attending-narendra-modi-jaipur-rally/1/309025.html

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