Panaji: After conquering the hearts of the Catholics in the recently held assembly elections, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seems to be wooing the Muslims now who apparently never had a bond with BJP in the scenic state.
   
"Vote for BJP next time only if we manage to prove ourselves. If we don't then you have all the right to kick us out of power," Parrikar told a gathering of 1,000-odd prominent Muslim leaders organised by NGO, Goa Muslim Forum (GMF) on Saturday evening at Gomantak Maratha Hall.
   
Sharing dais with the community leaders at the event in a view to list out the issues faced by the community, which forms less than 10 percent of the state population, Parrikar appealed to the Muslim community to come forward and apply for government jobs in various departments including police so that they can avail of 7-8 percent reservation in the state jobs.
   
"State will induct 1,000-1,500 new constables for which the process will start by mid-April. I will send you the advertisements. Please ask the youths from your community to apply for these posts. Government cannot recruit anyone in job until and unless he applies for it," the Chief Minister who also holds Home portfolio said.
   
Observers say the welcome given by the Muslim community members to any saffron chief minister was unprecedented one. "Few of my Muslim brethren were upset because we (GMF) were getting associated with the BJP chief minister. Congress in the past has cautioned us against BJP by calling it a communal party.

But now we have posed our faith in BJP who is led by Parrikar in the state. We are sure, he will not let us down," said Iqbal Mohiddin, Chairman of All India Milli Council's Goa Chairman. Responding to various questioned posed by Muslim community members, Parrikar stated that he was in the process of forming an advisory council, that would guide him on various issues.

(JPN/Agencies)