The Muslims voting for Modi’s party in Lucknow

Kunwar Iqbal Haider, a Shia Muslim lawyer in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, was a Congress Party member until last week, when he switched to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He’s one of many of Lucknow’s 180,000 Shia Muslims who are expected to vote for the BJP when the city heads to the polls today, April 30, despite the party’s controversial prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, whose reign as chief minister of Gujarat was marked by violence against Muslims in 2002.

Lucknow is the ancient home of the Nawabs, Shia Muslim rulers credited with building the city’s architectural splendor, its art and musical heritage, and its culture of etiquette…read it at Quartz.

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