Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi started his Sadbhavna fast for peace, unity and harmony at 10.30am today at the Gujarat University convention centre in Ahmedabad amid chants of Allahu akbar and Sanskrit shlokas. Thousands of people including members of the Muslim community in large numbers gathered at the venue.
BJP stalwarts, including LK Advani, Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shanker Prasad, former BJP president Rajnath Singh and Mukhtar Abas Naqvi were also present. Rajya Sabha member and TV star Smriti ‘Tulsi’ Irani added the glamour quotient. AIADMK leader M Thambidurai, leader in the Lok Sabha and his counterpart at the Rajya Sabha V Maitreyan were also present.
In an attempt to assuage the feelings of the Muslim community aggrieved by the 2002 Gujarat communal riots, Modi said, “If any part of the body is weak, the entire body cannot be termed as healthy. Similarly, if any community is weak in the state, it cannot be considered as a developed state.”