New Delhi. Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested BJP workers to focus on weaker sections of communities other than Hindus, the party’s minority wing has drawn up a roadmap to reach out to the most backward among Muslims, the Pasmanda Muslims. BJP’s Minority Morcha chief Jamal Siddiqui said the party’s activities to reach out to the Pasmanda community are broadly based on two aspects – ensuring that they get the benefits of the Modi government’s welfare schemes, and ensuring that they are promoted in the party unit of the districts. Get representation, especially where they are in majority. Siddiqui himself is a Pasmanda Muslim.
“Our party workers, especially the members of the Minority Morcha, will contact the Pasmanda Muslims across the country for this,” he said. He said that most of the office-bearers of the BJP’s minority wing are from different sections of the Pasmanda community. Another party leader said the BJP is planning to celebrate national heroes of the community like 1965 war hero and Param Vir Chakra winner Abdul Hameed (of Idrisi caste) and organize celebrations on his birth anniversary.
Pasmanda more than 70% of the total Muslim population
The Pasmandas constitute over 70 per cent of the total Muslim population and the BJP aims to reach out to them while preparing for various state elections and the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Muslim leaders in various parties come from the Ashraf, including Syeds, Mughals and Pathans (similar to upper castes among Hindus). The Pasmandas include Malik (tailor), Momin Ansar (weaver), Qureshi (butcher), Mansoori (quilt and mattress maker), Idrisi (tailor), Saifi (blacksmith), Salmani (barber) and Hawari (washer).
Suggestion to BJP workers to reach out to Pasmanda Muslims
At the BJP’s national executive in Hyderabad last week, PM Modi had suggested that party workers should reach out to backward sections of minorities like the Pasmanda Muslims. He made these remarks while interfering during BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit chief Swatantra Dev Singh’s presentation on the recent victories in Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha bypolls. Yogi Adityanath-led new BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has appointed Pasmanda Muslim Danish Ansari of Ballia in eastern UP as Minister of State for Minority Affairs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 10, 2022, 23:53 IST