Khan, who is a close associate of opposition leader in Vidhan Sabha Eknath Khadse, has kicked off campaigning in Mominpura area of the city, which is considered a bastion of the Congress.
Speaking with MiD DAY, Khan said he would also visit Muslims throughout the state, and would convince them to vote for the BJP, dispersing any doubts in their mind about the party’s agenda with regard to the community.
“Over the past many years, the party’s image has been maligned by the Congress. But the truth is, BJP has always supported minorities, and helped them progress,” said Khan. He added that it was time to consider all aspects and choose the right leader to safeguard the community, and country as a whole.
Khan’s next destination for campaigning is Solapur. “I am getting very positive response from Muslim voters, and I am sure I would be successful in changing their minds,” he opined.
He also said that he was in particular conveying the message to the community to not believe the Congress ‘propaganda’ to malign BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
BJP MLA Girish Bapat, who accompanied Khan in his campaign in Mominpura, said that Congress had always played with the sentiments of minorities and had tried to ensnare Muslim voters. He alleged that Congress, however, had ignored their basic demands of employment and positions in power.