BJP continues to woo Shias; Modi attends Dawoodi Bohra event

saifuddin_modi [File] Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and PM Modi when they met in Mumbai earlier this year | Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the religious head of Dawoodi Bohra community, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, at Indore's Saifee mosque and addressed their nine-day religious discourse. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wwas present on the occasion which is touted to be the first to be attended by any prime minister.

Dawoodi Bohras community is a sect within Shia Islam. BJP has been wooing this community for last few years in a bid to reach out to minorities. The nine-days religious congregation is being attended by thousands of followers from across the country and Madhya Pradesh.

At the Saifee mosque at Indore Prime Minister while addressing the Ashara Mubaraka or Commemoration of Martyrdom of Imam Hussain, he said, “Imam Hussain was martyred for peace and justice.’’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his relationship with the Bohra community is very old. He said “I am fortunate to have received affection of the Bohra community. The community assisted me during my tenure as Gujarat’s chief minister. It is a sheer affection of Bohra’s that has brought me here today. There is hardly any village in Gujarat where a Bohra trader cannot be found.”

The prime minister attending any event of a religious nature, organised by the Muslim community has attracted a lot of attention as this was the second major event of the muslim community which was attended by Narendra Modi after he became prime minister in 2014. Earlier in 2016, he attended the World Islamic Sufi Conference in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Modi had come to Indore on a short visit just to attend the function. He landed in Indore around 11 am and returned to New Delhi by