Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sent a chadar – the ceremonial cloth inscribed with religious verses- to Ajmer sharif dargah of sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Union minister for minority affairs- Muktar Abbas Naqvi would present the chadar at the darga on his behalf and also reads out his message tomorrow. Modi, has a couple of days ago offered puja at Kamakya temple in Guwahati.
PM’s move of sending a chadar comes at a time when states such as Assam and West Bengal, which have considerable Muslim voters, are going to Assembly polls. The Congress reacted sharply in this context. “We have no issues with him presenting a chadar at the Ajmer dargah. But since the move is a first for BJP, it is naturally giving rise to suspicions. If the PM thinks he can get minority votes in the ongoing Assam and Bengal elections, he mistaken,” said Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal.
However, BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma hit back, saying, “No politics should be ascribed to the PM sending a chadar to the sacred shrine. This shows that our government is committed to bolstering communal harmony in the country.”