“Our party workers, especially members of the Minority Front, will be in touch with the Muslims of the country for this,” he said. He said that most of the office bearers of the minority wing of the BJP belonged to different sections of the Pasmanda community. Another party leader said the BJP was planning to celebrate the national heroes of the community like Abdul Hameed (Idrisi caste), the hero of the 1965 war and Param Vir Chakra winner, and to celebrate his birth anniversary.
Pasmanda has a large Muslim population
Pashmands make up more than 70 per cent of the total Muslim population and the BJP aims to reach out to them in various state elections and in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The Muslim leaders in the various parties come from the Ashrafs, including the Syeds, Mughals and Pathans (like the upper castes among the Hindus). Pasmandas include Malik (tailor), Momin Ansar (weaver), Qureshi (butcher), Mansuri (quilt and mat maker), Idrisi (tailor), Saifi (blacksmith), Salmani (barber) and Hawari (washer).
At the BJP national executive in Hyderabad last week, Modi had suggested that party workers should reach out to backward sections of minorities such as Muslims. He made the remarks while intervening during a presentation by BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit president Swatanter Dev Singh on the recent victories in the Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha by-elections. The new BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh has appointed Danish Ansari, a Muslim victim in Eastern UP, as Minister of State for Minority Affairs.