BJP’s new line - We voted against Israel, so Muslims should vote for us?
- PT Bureau
BJP’s new line - We voted against Israel, so Muslims should vote for us?



INDIA's EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER Sushma Swaraj, a diehard tweeter, has landed in a controversy when she asked a Muslim Member of Parliament to vote for the BJP since the BJP has voted against Israel on the issue of Washington's unilateral stance on Jerusalem.

M Badruddin Ajmal, President of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and a Lok Sabha MP from Dhubri, Assam, had tweeted: Thanks Government of India for voting in the UN against US decision of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. @SushmaSwaraj

Responding to it, Swaraj wrote: "Thank you Ajmal Sahib. Now you vote for us.”

This was clearly a case of a BJP Union Minister seeking votes as a quid pro quo for an action appreciated by the larger Muslim community. The fact of Mr Ajmal's religion was not lost on anyone, though Sushma was to suffer a snub as the AIUDF MP chose to respond.

"No question of supporting BJP,” he responded on Twitter, and then went on to add: "Our vote is always for India, Madam. The day BJP does not differentiate between Majority and Minority community, our vote will be for you.”

Swaraj, a prolific tweeter, usually gets it right, but messed up this one. As BJP leaders often remind us, appeasement is not a good policy, not even on Twitter.

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