| New Delhi |
Up to date: November 20, 2020 7:19:06 am
AFTER MAKING spectacular positive factors within the current meeting election in Bihar, Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) is gearing as much as area candidates within the West Bengal election, scheduled to be held subsequent yr. With Owaisi anticipated to area Muslim candidates and lift points such because the CAA and NRC, as he did in Bihar, BJP leaders assess that the transfer can be to their benefit in consolidating Hindu votes within the state.
Though they reject the allegation that AIMIM is its “B-team”, the social gathering leaders really feel the presence of “hardcore Muslim faces” within the electoral fray would assist the social gathering to rally Hindu votes behind it. “AIMIM candidates can do what the Congress, Left or TMC candidates could not be capable to. The social gathering, its ideology and the problems it raises can actually preserve the Hindu votes, together with the so-called average ones, with us,” stated a BJP chief who’s concerned with the social gathering’s electioneering in West Bengal.
Based on the BJP leaders, out of the entire 294 seats, there are round 75-80 constituencies, unfold largely in north and south Bengal, the place Muslim voters might swing the outcomes. The BJP, which not too long ago emerged as the primary rival of the ruling TMC after making vital inroads within the 2019 parliamentary polls, has already launched an intense marketing campaign within the state.
Muslims represent 27 per cent of Bengal’s inhabitants. Districts reminiscent of Malda, North Dinajpur and Murshidabad have greater than 50 per cent Muslim inhabitants whereas one-fourth of the inhabitants in Birbhum, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Nadia districts are from the group.
Within the current Bihar election, the AIMIM fielded 20 candidates, of which 14 had been in Muslim-dominated Seemanchal area, bordering Bengal. The social gathering received 5 seats.
Owaisi not too long ago alleged that the Muslim group has been alienated in West Bengal and stated the social and financial situation of Muslims within the state “is worse than that of these” in lots of components of the nation.
Based on sources, Owaisi is planning to area younger Muslim faces within the Bengal election who “won’t dilute the problems the minority group desires them to boost”. In Bihar, the social gathering candidates had raised points reminiscent of CAA and NRC whereas different opposition events such because the RJD and Congress kept away from it, regardless of having loved the group’s assist for a very long time.
In Bengal, the BJP’s emergence and its marketing campaign in opposition to “vote-bank politics or appeasement politics” — on the subject of the state authorities’s welfare measures for the minorities — have compelled Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the TMC to tone down their pro-minority remarks.
“Now that the TMC and even the Congress adopting a mushy Hindutva strategy, the Muslim voters, particularly the youth, might declare their allegiance to Owaisi who speaks for them… This may actually alert the Hindus,” stated a BJP chief.
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