Lashing out at Congress for trying to communalise politics to get Muslim votes in view of the growing popularity of BJP's Narendra Modi, former IPS officer Farooq Khan said Muslims cannot be deceived now as the slogan "Muslim for Modi, Modi for Muslim" was gaining popularity among them.
"It has been routine practice in Congress to indulge in communalising the politics to mislead and seek the votes of Muslims in particular. Today a very popular slogan among this community is getting overwhelming response which is 'Muslim for Modi, Modi for Muslim," Khan told reporters here today.
Khan, who retired as IGP in Jammu and Kashmir and joined BJP at Modi's rally in Kathua on March 26, said, "With the growing popularity of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and widespread anger against Congress-led UPA, attempts are being made to attack Modi using undemocratic and unsocial language."
Condemning the utterances made by Congress candidate from Saharanpur Imran Masood, Khan, who was instrumental in setting up anti-militancy special police units in J&K and taking terrorists head-on, said, "Whatever Imran Masood said in open against Modi is not just by chance. It is part of the Congress' strategy to paint BJP and Modi as anti-Muslim."
He also hit out at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for her "maut ka saudagar (merchant of death)" remark and said the repeated attacks reflected Congress leaders' fear of losing the Lok Sabha elections.
Khan said allegations against Modi have been proved to be false. Even the highest courts have given clean chit to Modi.
"Congress should now come out of daydreaming and accept that people across the country, including Muslims, have made up their mind to see Narendra Modi as next Prime Minister of India," he said.
On his joining BJP, Khan said he found the party to be a nationalistic with very clear principles, and wanted to serve the motherland after his retirement.