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Nw : Gujarat assembly elections: Stiff contest for minority votes as more ‘secular’ parties in fray

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AHMEDABAD: Opponents to catch

Muslim votes

appears to be like to be getting fiercer within the upcoming

Gujarat assembly elections

because the minority community now has several “secular” parties to get from and vote for within the Bharatiya Janata Event-ruled articulate.
In earlier elections, the


was as soon as regarded as the simplest predominant contender for Muslim votes in Gujarat, however this time the predominant opposition event is going thru stiff opponents from smaller outfits to ranking minority electors on its aspect.
The substantial feeble event is going thru opponents from Hyderabad-headquartered All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Event (


) and some a form of parties for toughen in polls from this piece of the society.
In the 2017 elections, fair three Muslim MLAs, all from the Congress event, had won. The amount, then again, was as soon as better than 2012 when there had been fair two MLAs.
In the total articulate population of 6.5 crore, Muslims story for roughly 11 per cent and secure a sizeable presence in round 25 assembly seats.
The BJP, which has been ruling the articulate for better than two many years now, is no longer considered as a viable choice for Muslim voters which secure a sizeable presence in over two dozen seats within the 182-member articulate assembly.
The Congress event had in 2017 given tickets to six Muslims candidates within the articulate as in opposition to seven in 2012. The BJP is legendary for no longer giving any tickets to Muslims candidates.
Earlier this year, the Congress appointed its Wankaner MLA Mohammad Pirzzada because the working president of the event, in an are trying to woo the minority community votes.
Deliver Congress president Jagdish Thakor, in a articulate to secure particular the Muslim votes stick with the event, repeated a 2006 insist of then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had said minorities will must secure the “first assert” on resources of the country.
Thakor’s observation in July triggered a backlash from suitable-waft outfits that accused him of indulging in appeasement politics for votes.
AIMIM head and Lok Sabha MP Assadudin Owaisi has again and again visited Gujarat to garner Muslim votes. His event had said that this might per chance per chance per chance well combat 30 seats in Gujarat and has already declared six candidates.
The AAP is working silently to woo the community. It had fair no longer too lengthy ago organised a boulevard-divulge of Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann within the minority-dominated Dariapur condominium. The AAP has up to now declared three Muslim candidates.
“Till the final elections (held in 2017), Muslims did no longer secure a different as in Gujarat the combat has been between two parties (Congress and BJP). But now, more political parties secure come here for the 2022 elections. Multi-cornered electoral contest is a sincere accept as true with a democracy,” said Mujahid Nafees, convener, Minority Coordination Committee, a non-political organisation.
“This can stop the perspective of taking the Gujarat Muslims as a correct which faded to be the case up to now. Other folks can secure more selections. This field will secure every event come to us and sight our vote,” he said.
Congress MLA from Dariapur Gyasuddin Sheikh is of the opinion that Muslim voters will stick with the substantial feeble event in Gujarat.
“In Gujarat the topic is outlandish. Excluding for one seat of Jamalpur-Khadia, where Muslims comprise 65 per cent of the native population, on a form of seats the minority community candidates require Hindu votes to think. Treasure in my seat of Dariapur, there is 40 per cent Muslims population. If I elevate out no longer ranking votes from Hindus, I won’t be in a role to think. So, AIMIM candidates within the articulate wouldn’t ranking Hindu votes,” he said.
Now we had been largely in a role to convince the Muslim population this point that Hindus won’t vote for AIMIM candidate. So the Congress is simplest the upper choice for us. Congress provides six to seven tickets to the community every time, he said.
“BJP doesn’t give any ticket to us. The truth of AAP has come to fore as other folks secure realised that (Delhi chief minister Arvind) Kejriwal is no longer ready to keep up a correspondence on any field of minority community. He must be a holier Hindu than BJP,” he said.
So AIMIM and AAP are no longer the decisions for the minority community here, he said.
Talking to PTI, AIMIM Gujarat’s head Sabir Kabliwala said the event would field 30 candidates within the articulate.
“Now we secure already declared the names of the six candidates. There might per chance be a sincere ambiance for the AIMIM here in Gujarat and we are in a position to think seats here. Owaisi is coming here again and again to campaign,” Kabliwala said.
“I was as soon as MLA from Jamalpur-Khadia seat from the Congress event. But they betrayed me, I am combating from this seat and can fair think it,” he said.
The AAP shall be of the opinion that Muslims will crawl along with their event in Gujarat.
“Here is for the first time that a national event has given a ticket on Muslim from Jambusar,” AAP’s Jambusar candidate Sajid Rehan said, adding that AAP is amazingly in model among the minority community within the articulate.
Here, the AIMIM organisation is amazingly dilapidated and other folks will vote for AAP simplest, he said, adding that he was as soon as assured of AAP success.


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