Narendra Modi woos Muslim businessmen with equality, equity mantra

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 1:16am IST | Agency: DNA
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Reaching out to the Muslim community, chief minister Narendra Modi called for security, equality, prosperity and equity in the state’s growth regardless of one’s faith or religion.

Modi was speaking at the inauguration of the first-of-its-kind business conclave organised by entrepreneurs belonging to the minority community in the country in Ahmedabad on Friday. Over 50 minority entrepreneurs, most of them belonging to Ahmedabad, have set up stalls showcasing their products at the three-day event which has the theme of ‘Harmony in business: Let’s grow together’.

“We can create a healthy society only if a person, irrespective of which community he belongs to or what religious rituals he performs, is given a chance to progress,” he said.

Clearly pitching for Muslim votes, Modi said, “Political parties fight for power. We also need power, but we need it to empower people. Power to BJP is to empower people.”

While stating that entrepreneurship is Gujarat’s inherent quality and strength, he cited several examples of how many Muslim entrepreneurs were highly successful in various fields.

“Everyone has the capability. What is needed is opportunity,” he said. Modi also said that instead of becoming job seekers, our children must aspire to become job givers.

“Our vision of Gujarat’s development is based on four aspects – security, equality, prosperity and equity. In the past 10 years, Gujarat has implemented them and achieved the desired result,” Modi said.

Urging entrepreneurs to aim for the global market, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said the first condition to do so is to have zero defect products. “One cannot survive in today’s competitive world without this.”

Calling upon Muslims to use their traditional expertise in sectors such as cotton and textiles, he also urged them to tap new sectors.

“Affordable housing is one such segment,” he pointed out. The chief minister also asked the minority entrepreneurs to map the 10 – 12 talents of Muslim youths and to create a platform for them to showcase their talents, and assured all help from the government.


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