Panaji: After breaking the bread with
Catholic community, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seems
to be building bridges with Muslims who apparently never had a
truck whatsoever with BJP in the coastal state.
"Vote for BJP next time only if we manage to prove
ourselves. If we don`t than you have all the right to kick us
out of power," Parrikar told a gathering of 1,000-odd
prominent Muslim leaders organised by NGO, Goa Muslim Forum
(GMF) yesterday evening at Gomantak Maratha Hall.
Sharing dais with the community leaders at the event
in a view to list out the issues faced by the community, which
forms less than 10 per cent of the state population, Parrikar
appealed to the Muslim community to come forward and apply for
government jobs in various departments including police so
that they can avail of 7-8 percent reservation in the state
"State will induct 1,000-1,500 new constables for
which the process will start by mid-April. I will send you the
advertisements. Please ask the youths from your community to
apply for these posts. Government cannot recruit anyone in job
until and unless he applies for it," the chief minister who
also holds Home portfolio said.
Observers say the welcome given by the Muslim
community members to any saffron chief minister was
"Few of my Muslim brethren were upset because we (GMF)
were getting associated with the BJP chief minister. Congress
in the past has cautioned us against BJP by calling it a
communal party. But now we have posed our faith in BJP who is
led by Parrikar in the state. We are sure, he will not let us
down," said Iqbal Mohiddin, Chairman of All India Milli
Council`s Goa chairman.
Responding to various questioned posed by Muslim
community members, Parrikar stated that he was in the process
of forming an advisory council, that would guide him on