Uttar Pradesh has become grounds for a bilateral fight between the SP-Congress, and BSP for the Muslim votes in the states. And while both the sides carry on with their promises, the Bhartiya Janata Party eyes a consequent division in the Muslim votes working in their favour. Let us be honest. BJP, even with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mercurial rise with it’s his brand of developmental politics, is still considered to be a party dominated by the principles of Hindutva. And this might not appeal to the Muslim section of the society. However, it would be stupid to assume that the Muslims all over the state would just vote to take BJP out of the competition. Arshad, 30, of the Labhera village Nawabganj asks about why people think that the only aim of Muslims was to defeat the BJP. He says that they want jobs, better law and order. Speaking to IE, he says about wanting a raise in their earnings so that they could send their kids to good schools.
Mohammed Imtiyaz, another resident of the village tells IE about Mayawati’s speech the other day. Speaking at a rally on Saturday, the BSP supremo had said that the BJP has always suspected the Muslims; stressing on the fact there have been very few riots during her reign. Imtiyaz responds to the statement saying that Mayawati does speak about Muslims but has never done anything for the community. He alleges that whenever Mayawati came to power, all the government schemes have been targetted at Dalits.
Faridpur resident Mausam Khan is of the opinion that Mayawati’s statements are only meant to defeat BJP and not for the welfare and development of the community. Mohammed Fakhruddin said that he was rooting for the bicycle and largely because of Akhilesh Yadav. Nawabganj has 2.5 lakh voters, of which 1 lakh are Muslims. Although, SP MLA Bhagwat Saran has been victorious in 5 elections in the constituencies; however Shaila Tahir, of the Mulayam SinghYadav faction, contesting separately could also take away a large chunk of the cake from SP.
And while, the BJP has suffered a terrible communal image due to its involvement with the fringe right wing groups and its open support for the construction of Ram Mandir, Narendra Modi’s ascension to the top of the food chain in 2014 and his clever strategy of keeping a clean image, away from religion-based politics of his party might have just provided BJP with a hope of capturing Muslim votes.