Ahmedabad: After scripting a resounding victory in 2012 assembly elections, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi made a clean sweep in the civic polls putting the Congress on the back foot in the state. Interestingly, the BJP registered victory in Muslim dominated Salaya in Jamnagar hinting at a new political equation that the saffron party is no longer a matter of concern for the minority voters in the state.

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Muslims in Gujarat have started to believe in Narendra Modi's development plank. This victory may consolidate Narendra Modi’s aspiration for Prime Minister’s post in run up to the 2014 general elections. Generally, Muslims have reservations about Modi given the infamous Gujarat riots in 2002 since then the BJP leader has been struggling hard to get an image makeover.

The Gujarat Chief Minister tried to transform his image of ‘Hindu Hriday Samrat in 2002 to Modi as a youth icon in 2013. That’s why BJP’s poster boy chose Delhi’s top Commerce College to deliver his innovative ideas how to transform India into a developed nation as he did in Gujarat.

However, Modi has to go a long way in wooing Muslims in the state. In the last assembly polls, he fielded dummy Muslim candidates in Assembly constituencies with substantial minority voters to divide the community's votes.

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