Bhopal, Sep 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met religious head of Dawoodi Bohra community (sect within Ismaili branch of Shias), Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, at a mosque in Indore on Friday.
Addressing a gathering at the event which was also addressed by Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, PM Modi said Imam Husain had raised his voice against injustice in the society and this is an important message for today's world.
''Dawoodi Bohra community has always worked for peace,'' Modi said.
Speaking about the universal healthcare scheme, Modi said "Ayushman Bharat Yojana has come as a saviour for about 50 crore poor people of the country. It will ensure free medical treatment worth Rs 5 lakhs in one year. The trial of this scheme is underway."
In his address at the Saifee Mosque in Indore, CM Chouhan said there are few communities like the Bohra community who love their nation, who are disciplined and who always help the others.
Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra said,''I convey birthday wishes to you in advance and pray for your long life. May you get success in all that you do for the country.''
The PM's meeting with Syedna Saifuddin took place at the Saifi Nagar mosque, where the Dawoodi Bohra community head is holding a nine-day religious discourse.
The prime minister's visit also assumes significance as Assembly polls are due in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh by year-end. Around 2.5 lakh Dawoodi Bohras are estimated to live in the state, mainly in Indore, Ujjain and Burhanpur districts.
Drone cameras were deployed to keep an eye over the city along with 150 CCTV cameras. About 3,500 policemen were also deployed in the city, Mishra added.