Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, president of Bharatiya
Janata Party, (BJP), Minorities Morcha, has claimed that the
relations between BJP and the minorities are changing for the better
which bode well for the party. He said at least it was better than
the relationship between the Samajwadi Party and minorities.
Shahnawaz, who is
here in Bhopal to attend the BJP Minorities Morcha National
Executive Committee meeting, revealed that he had made a
presentation before media in New Delhi recently showing that the BJP
was getting more votes of minorities. Percentage of minority
electorates casting their votes for the BJP had improved.
He said he had won
Lok Sabha election from Bhagalpur constituency where 80 per cent
population is Hindu. He said other parties had been carrying out
misinformation campaign over the relations between the BJP and
minorities but the situation was now changing.
that minorities were gradually getting attracted towards BJP, adding
that the party had given tickets to 11 persons from the minorities
in Lok Sabha elections, but he alone managed to emerge victorious.
When asked about
BJP leader Varun Gandhi's controversial statement, he refused to
comment as the matter was sub-judice but added that he stood firm by
his earlier statement.
Shahnawaz said public has lost confidence in the United Progressive
Alliance (UPA), Government at the Centre due to rising prices and
recent debacle on foreign policy front. Hussein told reporters here
that skyrocketing price rise of essential goods has snatched morsel
from the mouth of common man. However, the government was sitting
He said the
reference of Balochistan in the recent India-Pakistan joint
statement was being regarded as biggest blunder by India on the
foreign policy front.
Hussein said, the
firm policy of the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA),
Government on the front of terrorism had been praised by everyone.
However, everything went awry in the present government rule.
that it appeared the Congress was power-drunk as it is behaving as
if it had won 410 Lok Sabha seats instead of 205 seats.
Replying to a
question, Shahnawaz admitted that the performance of the party was
not as per expectations but it was leaving no stone unturned to
discharge its role as a creative opposition.
Replying to a
questioner Shahnawaz said that deciding on the issue of former
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Ms Uma Bharti's possible return to BJP
fold was in the party Parliamentary Board's jurisdiction but added
that his relationship with Ms Bharti remained that of a brother and
it would always be the same.
that the tradition of viewing communal incidents through political
lenses should end. “It is beyond my comprehension as to why critics
label the Congress-time communal incidents as secular riots,'' he
moaned while claiming that the number of such incidents was higher
during Congress tenures as compared to BJP rule.
Pervez Bari is a Bhopal based journalist. He can be contacted at