Muslim voters threw up a shock within the city native physique (ULB) election with the way in which they voted. Motive: This time they used their discretion fairly than voting en masse for any explicit social gathering as they used to do earlier.
“I’ll say Muslims are in experimental mode. They’ve come out of conventional realm and put some thought behind the voting sample as their conventional line was not working,” mentioned Athar Hussain, director, Centre for Goal Analysis and Improvement, Lucknow.
The extension of this sample allowed the BJP or its allies, for the primary time, to have a Muslim member within the state legislative meeting. Apna Dal (Sonelal) candidate Shafiq Ahmed Ansari polled over 50% votes and gained Suar (in Rampur) meeting bypoll. The Samajwadi Celebration (SP) had fielded Anuradha Chauhan from the seat.
The group sided with AIMIM’s Mohd Anas in Meerut mayoral election as he ended a runner-up. The SP had given ticket to senior chief Atul Pradhan’s spouse from a seat the place OBC Muslims are in a sizeable quantity.
Equally, the group by and enormous backed the BSP in Saharanpur, rejecting SP candidate Ashu Malik as an outsider. Or for that matter, their assist prolonged to the BSP in Agra, and to the Samajwadi Celebration in Lucknow.
Moradabad, Jhansi and Ayodhya mayoral seats noticed Muslim voters tilting in direction of the Congress. In Kanpur, voting sample recommend Muslims have been divided between the Congress and the SP. Nonetheless, they went with the SP which got here second and the Congress third. Each the events had fielded Brahmin candidates on a seat which has 20% Brahmins and 18% Muslims.
“The Muslims used their discretion in voting after a very long time. It’s a matter of nice curiosity they did in an election that’s largely personalised,” mentioned Tariq Raza Fatimi, retired professor of Halim Muslim PG School, Kanpur.
“This is a vital drift because the 90s. By no means earlier than they’ve gone to numerous events syncing their choice with native equations,” he mentioned, including the sample despatched out a message to political events that now Muslim votes shouldn’t be taken with no consideration.
“Another facet seen in this election was the indifference in city Muslim voters that didn’t come out to vote. City Muslims appeared upset and there may very well be many causes the political events want to check and repair,” Hussain mentioned.