Around ten days back a delegation of eleven Muslim businessmen from Surat, led by former Gujarat BJP Minority Morcha head Farooq, had visited the holy city. They met more than three dozen families of Varanasi.

They visited Madanpura, Doshipura, Lallapura and Bazardiha areas of Varanasi and met various Muslim families in an attempt to strike an emotional chord with them. The group apprised them of the Modi government plan to uplift the situation of Muslim artisans in Gujarat, who hail from Varanasi.

Comparing the massive gulf between the economic health of the Muslims in Varanasi and that of Surat, the delegation praised about better business-friendly conditions in Gujarat. Varanasi BJP Minority Morcha leader Haider Abbas alias Chand left no stones unturned in arranging meeting of the group with Muslim Bunkar traders of the holy city.

Moreover, around ten thousand Bunkar artists from Varanasi have migrated to Gujarat in the past one and half decade.

In order to know the impact of Gujarati Muslims’ NaMo-NaMo chant in Varanasi, Jagran team visited one such family of Saleem from Lallapura, who met the delegation a day before Holi.

Saleem said when the group apprised him of the plans and strategies to develop minority communities in Gujarat, he believed in Gujarat model of development.

“I am in the know that several people in Surat and Ahmedabad, who went there in search of bread and butter, are talking high on development and business opportunities in Gujarat.

Asked if such move of Gujarat Muslim delegation reaps poll benefit for the saffron party, Saleem replied, “Of course, there would be positive consequences.”

Another group of Muslim traders would visit Varanasi next week, according to party sources.

(JPN/Bureau)

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