Times of India quoted Syed Shahabuddin, chairman of the Joint Committee of Muslim Organisations for Empowerment (JCMOE), as saying that their community has noticed "some signs of change" in Modi's attitude. However, they laid down stiff conditions before extending their support to Modi.
Syed also said that they would support Modi in his dream of "rebuilding Gujarat" if the CM shows an "expression of sorrow" over Gujarat riots. Along with an "apology", the organisation chief also demanded at least 20 assembly tickets to Muslims.
Syed was quoted as saying, "This (seats for Muslims) would give the community representation according to its population (10%) in the state. Token nomination of one or two Muslims, personally known to you, will not do."
Syed also sought "a promise to give Muslims equitable share in the benefits of development at all levels, particularly in education and employment."
Despite their several demands and conditions, it seems that the Gujarat CM has finally wooed the Muslim youths who earlier were not even ready to acknowledge Modi's good deeds for their community in the state.
The Gujarat assembly elections will be held in two phases on Dec 13 and 17 and the results will be declared on Dec 20.