Muslims may support 'changed' Modi, says senior Shia cleric

Muslims may support 'changed' Modi, says senior Shia cleric

A senior Shia cleric has said the Muslim community would support the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi if he “changes” himself.

“We (the Muslims) are ready to change and forget his past if Modi changes himself,” Shia cleric and vice-president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Kalbe Sadique, said on Friday. 

“It is true that Modi has a past but there are examples in history that people who had done wrong later reformed themselves,” he said. An individual should be given an opportunity to reform himself, he added.

“Let Modi come out with his agenda. What does he think about major issues like poverty, corruption and communalism? We may then consider his point of view,” the cleric said. 

Sadique, however, said only “tall talks” would not suffice. “I have seen the BJP making tall promises, but it never implemented them,” he said. “There are many bigger issues in the country than the Hindu-Muslim one.” 

Sadique commands considerable influence over the Shia community. He is known as a moderate and progressive cleric. Sadique’s remarks come barely days after prominent Muslim leader Maulana Mehmood Madni asked “secular parties” to refrain from using Modi’s name to instil fear among the Muslims.  The BJP welcomed Sadique’s remarks. 

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