New Delhi: BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi`s call for Hindu-Muslim unity in the wake of the Patna blasts was a "mere political gimmick", Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said Saturday.
"(Narendra) Modi talking about Hindu-Muslim unity is a political gimmick ahead of the impending elections in five states," the organisation`s chief, Maulana Jalaluddin Umari told media persons here.
Six people were killed in serial blasts that took place in Patna Sunday before Modi`s rally.
Reacting to reports that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a bid to give Modi`s rallies a secular hue, was asking Muslims to attend the gatherings dressed in traditional veils and skull caps, Umari said such measures won`t help the party.
"Who knows who it is behind the burqa (veil)? The person may well be a man. I condemn the use of such Muslim symbols," Umari said.