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Saturday, June 12, 2010 12:39:39 PM, Staff Reporter

'The photo that shows Muslim girls operating the computers is from a college in Azamagrah', claims

Modi's pro-Muslim ad in Bihar dailies questioned: A full page colour advertisement in local dailies in Bihar projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra..... Read Full

Malegaon: A day after the full page colour advertisement in local dailies in Bihar projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as being 'Muslim friendly' was questioned by the people, activists and opposition parties, an American website claims that the photos used are from a college in Uttar Pradesh.


"One among the three photos that the Gujarat government used in the advertisements to portray itself as pro-Muslims are from an Azamgarh College in Uttar Pradesh and was taken by us", said Kashif ul Huda, Executive Editor - an American website that focuses Muslim issues.


Kashif ul Huda was speaking to CNN-IBN7 on phone today afternoon.


"The photo that shows Muslim girls operating the computers is from a college in Azamagrah in Uttar Pradesh and was taken by my staff", Kashif said while talking to to CNN-IBN7.


He claims that one more photo among the three photos used by the Gujarat government is not clear and the government needs "to explain" the fact about it.


The advertisement prominently stated that Muslims in Gujarat enjoy better education and employment opportunities, financial stability, health facilities and infrastructure.


Modi is visiting Bihar for the first time after the Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government came to power in the state four and a half years ago, to attend Bharatiya Janata Party's national executive June 12 and the 'Bihar Swabhiman' rally in Patna June 13.


Kashif, however, claims that the figures about the "prosperity of Muslims in Gujarat" mentioned in the advertisement is also of 2001 not current.


"The Gujarat government need to publish the existing facts and specially the data of the Muslim empowerment if any in Narendra Modi's tenure as Chief Minister. The figures mentioned in the advertisement are of 2001, not current", Kashif said.


Kashif is also contemplating to sue the Gujarat government for misusing the photograph.


The ad also did not find favour in the political circles of the state.

"A full page advertisement of Gujarat government projecting Narendra Modi as messiah of Muslims in local dailies here reminded me of Gujarat riots of 2002," Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Abdul Bari Siddiqui said.

Another RJD leader Ram Kirpal Yadav said that a full page advertisement in local dailies was a bid to create a pro-Narendra Modi environment in the state.

Congress leaders Ashok Ram and Ramjatan Sinha said that the ad was only meant to mislead people. "People are well aware of the real Narendra Modi," they said.





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