Chennnai: The BJP, which has been fuming over its inability to cash in on the Modi wave in the April Lok Sabha election in the State, appears to find some consolation in the support from a section in the Muslim community over the triple Talaq bill.
Party president Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has asserted that Muslim women have decided to support the BJP on the bill that seeks to criminalise instant divorce by Muslim men and seeks jail term for the guilty. “The initiative has found support in the community and a group of Muslim women in Thiruvottiyur have joined the BJP on Monday,” Dr. Tamilisai said.
The bill was already passed by the Lok Sabha by a voice vote amidst walkout by Congress, Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, DMK and others. The government has listed the contentious triple talaq bill for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
“#BJPMembership2019,acrossThiruvottiyur bazaar, few Islamic sisters voluntarily enrolled themselves as members as a mark of thanksgiving to our honourable @narendramodi ji government’s support to them by enacting Laws in their favour @ChouhanShivraj @AmitShah @JPNadda @blsanthosh,” she tweeted posting her photo with Muslim women.
On the membership enrolment drive, she said the party has admitted scores of new members and is infusing the BJP with young blood. The new members, she said, are excited by the messages they receive immediately after their enrollment.
Surprisingly, the saffron party in the State is silent on the numbers, though it had set a target during the previous membership enrolment drive. Despite facing a humiliating defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, despite aligning with the ruling AIADMK, the party leadership feel that people have not rejected the BJP in the State. “Those desiring clean and efficient administration want the BJP to become a key player in Tamil Nadu politics,” a party senior said....