Muslims in Gujarat are progressing with the rest of the states and they have shown their acceptance of the government by coming out in huge numbers at the three-day ‘Sadbhavna’ fast launched by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said here on Sunday.

“The perception of BJP and Modi being (anti-minority) is not correct. The fact is that Muslims in Gujarat are progressing. People have come here; spoke about their view and acceptance of the government. People of minority community in large number at the fast in not a fabrication,” Mr. Hussain told media persons on sidelines of the Sadbhavana fast here.

“If Gujarat has initiated talk on brotherhood and harmony, why are others getting agitated. I am surprised.

There was riot here and everybody had condemned it then. Since last 9-10 years there is peace and tranquillity. And if the state initiates Sadbhavna mission and if one does not understand I cannot do anything,” he said.

Dismissing reports that politics was the motive behind the fast, Mr. Shahnawaz, who is BJP MP from Bihar, said Sadbhavna mission is for peace and harmony and there cannot be any politics on that issue.

BJP spokespersons Prakash Javadekar, who was also here to support Mr. Modi, also showered praises on him saying the Gujarat chief minister has embarked on a unique mission.

“I see a huge number of people coming and meeting Modi and taking pledge for Sadbhavna (good will). Modi has provided the ideal leadership that any state would require,” he said.