Advani bats for Gujarat over India's WC team composition

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New Delhi, Mar 28: While on the one hand there is heightened cricket frenzy, on the other hand there are politicians who want to cash in on the fever that has swarmed India like no other. With the pulse-racing semi-final World Cup match to be held in Mohali on Mar 30, its not just a game of cricket for many when the arch-rivals will lock horns in the 'finals before the finals'.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani was in the mood to push his case as a staunch BJP supporter and their active role in working towards the welfare of citizens. Advani blogged his thoughts on his blog site and was responding to BJP MP, Syed Shah Nawaz Hussain's comment in Parliament. Hussain highlighted the state of Muslims in the country and the tremendous contribution by them to Team India that will be taking over Pakistan in the semi-final match to be played in Mohali.

Advani mentioned Hussain's comment through his blog that 3 out of the 11 players in the Indian team were having a Gujarat connection and added that they were there because of their talent and not because of any reservation. 'The three players namely Zaheer Khan, Munaaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan. Three out of eleven makes it 30.6 percent.', Hussain has been quoted as saying in his spirited speech in Parliament. Both Munaaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan hail from Gujarat, while Zaheer Khan represented Baroda in domestic cricket tournaments.

Gujarat has been a high-point for the BJP with Narendra Modi being something of a an ideal CM and the exemplar success that Modi has become in recent times. The clean chit given by the whistle blower Wikileaks when it said that Modi was "incorruptible" also adds to Modi's credibility.

Advani also commented on Shah Nawaz Hussain's "excellent speech" that highlighted the various welfare activities towards Muslims in Gujarat rather than those elsewhere in the country. He quoted in his blog, "I understand that when Shahnawaz went for his Friday namaz (prayers) at the Kasturba Gandhi Marg Mosque, the imam publicly complimented him for his speech and described it as an 'eye-opener'".

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