Mangaluru: The BJP had swept the assembly polls in the coastal districts in 2008.
But owing to several scams, some cases of immorality, attacks on minorities and such other unpleasant occurrences, the party took a heavy beating in the last assembly elections.
The party now wants to build up a minority-friendly image for itself, according to sources in the BJP in the district. With this idea in mind, two Muslim names and four Christian names have appeared in the list of candidates for zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat elections issued on Tuesday.
Goltamajal gram panchayat vice president Muhammed Mustafa has been sponsored by it as a candidate for the Kolnad seat of zilla panchayat.
It has also named Sirajuddin from Balepuni in Bantwal taluk and Joel Mendonca from Maladi seats in the taluk panchayat polls.
It has tried to gather women’s votes in TP polls by fielding Prescilla Fernandes from Munnur and Bridget Cutinha frm Hosabettu.
Similarly, it has named Joachim D’Costa for Tokur seat of taluk panchayat.