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Islams remain closed when the political cauldron boils

Lucknow: Their silence is deafening this time and even anxious. Muslim voters in Uttar Pradesh remain silent despite the political cauldron boiling in the politics of voting banks.

When talking to Muslims on the street, the answer to the political outlook is uncommitted and even ambiguous.

Fearing the polarization of religious boundaries, most political parties also do not talk about Islamic factors. Muslims themselves prefer to remain modest, recognizing that the “appeasement” problem can actually prove to be detrimental to their interests.

When Yogi Adityanath seized power in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, he broke the perception that Muslims could create or hurt the state’s government. He chose a wider Hindu mobilization to entrust Muslims to the wings.

Prohibition of cattle slaughter

He pursued policies that are not useful to Islam, such as banning cattle slaughter and restricting the use of loud speakers for “Adhan,” to name a few.

The ban on triple tarak has offended men who feel it is an invasion of Shariah law. Women are happy, but feel that the law does not serve its purpose.

“How can we take on this issue for men without financial independence? If we depend on ourselves and our children for our families, we can’t go against them,” said young graduate Shaheen. Said.

Increasing “attacks” on Islam against issues such as meat transport, anti-CAA protests and jihad love legislation have opened the door to “harassment” of young Islamic people (interreligious relations).

In short, Yogi Adityanath has proved that 20% of Muslims can be “defensive” and able to gain and maintain power without a minority community.

His recent remarks on “80 percent vs. 20 percent” prove this.

“Muslims have been made to feel like second-class citizens of the Yogi administration. He branded the entire community under one label (anti-national). This hurt us. Someone is wrong. We never objected to being punished for that, but we can’t call the entire community the wrong actor. In the last five years, everyone seems to have turned to right-wing police and booked. Only Saffron’s “Gamcha” needs to beat Muslims without it, “said a senior faculty member at Laknau’s Shea Degree University.

The great support that Yogi Adityanath built among Hindus and crossed the caste boundaries also made the non-BJP party cautious about Islamic issues.

“We know that the BJP is waiting for us to say a word about Islam, and they then do their best to polarize the elections on the religious line,” Congress said. Said a spokesman.

Sources say the party will not run the risk of defending too many Muslims for this reason.

Islamic representative in UP

Islamic representatives in Uttar Pradesh have historically changed. With the rise of socialist parties and the decline of parliament in the 1970s and 1980s, the number of Islamic representatives in Vidansaba rose from 6.6% in 1967 to 12% in 1985 for the first time after independence.

The first rise in BJP in the states of the late 1980s reduced this percentage to 5.5% in 1991.

Overall Muslim participation in elections as a candidate also declined during the same period.

The second phase of representative growth began after 1991 and culminated in 2012, with Muslim candidates gaining 17% of parliamentary seats and achieving near-population percentages for the first time. The 2000 Uttarakhand sculpture also contributed to increasing the proportion of Muslim representatives in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP’s overwhelming victory in 2017 brought this trend back to the level of 1991. Twenty-three Muslims were elected, compared to 68 in previous polls.

This reflects the alienation of the community in policy making.

“It’s not just the numbers. The slide of community representatives also means that it has little role in policy making. This doesn’t work for almost one-fifth of the state’s population,” said member Maulana. Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said. All Indian Islamic Individual Law Commissions.

Once the election process begins, Uttar Pradesh Muslims do not want to make “mistakes” that could lead to a split vote.

How the community prevents voting from being split still seems unclear at this stage.

“Breaking the BJP is a major factor, but other factors such as candidates, parties, village-level dynamics, and local competition are also important,” said senior priest of Daruru Uroom Deobandi. Muslims voted for one powerful party. BJP would not have taken power in 2017. “

“The Yogi government has targeted Muslims more than ever. From Azam Khan to Mukhtar Ansari, the government has shown unparalleled enthusiasm for defeating them. Others who have committed similar crimes have shown unparalleled enthusiasm. Even the barge pole was not touched by this administration, “said the Islamic MLA, who demanded anonymity.

Mohad Azam Khan may have been an unpopular person because of his unfriendly behavior, but over 86 incidents slapped by the Yogi government and the two years he spent in prison , Guaranteed sympathy for him in his community.

Similarly, the actions taken against the Mafia Don and the politician Mukhtar Ansari, who has the image of Robin Hood in the community, have upset Muslims.

“For the last five years, the government has repeatedly flashed images of his property being robbed. If he illegally acquired his property, the government should have waited for a court decision. The government has probably worked as illegally as Muktar. He was a five-term MLA and won three elections from behind the bar, “said Abdul Ikhlaq, a high court lawyer. increase.

The Islamic community has focused on strategic voting. Most political observers believe that the community will wait until the last moment before voting for the strongest candidate to beat BJP. Strategic voting can be even more prominent in this election.

How do UP Muslims feel about AIMIM?

However, the presence of Asaddudin Owaisi’s AIMIM in parliamentary elections does not seem to be a major factor in the Islamic vote, as the majority of the minority feel that Owaisi is not yet in a position to challenge the BJP.

Uttar Pradesh has 143 seats and is influenced by Islamic voters.

There are about 70 seats, where the Islamic population is 20 to 30 percent, and 43 seats, where the Islamic population is over 30 percent.

The UP has 36 seats where Islamic candidates can win on their own, while there are 107 seats where Islamic voters can decide to win or defeat.

Lampuru, Farrukhabad, and BIJNOR are areas with a population of about 40 percent of Muslims. Apart from this, in western Uttar Pradesh, Rohilkhand, and eastern Uttar Pradesh, there are many such seats where Islamic voting influences election results.

At the same time, there are nine such seats in western Uttar Pradesh, where Muslim voters vote to determine the fate of the candidate. In these nine seats, the number of Muslim voters is about 55 percent.

These nine seats include Meerut Sadar, Rampur Sadar, Sambhal, Moradabad Rural and Kundarki, Amroha Nagar, Dhaulana, Behat of Saharanpur and Saharanpur Dehat.

Lampuru has the highest population of 50.57% of the Islamic population.

The Samajwadi Party, led by Akhilesh Yadav, won almost half of the 57 Muslim-dominated seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2012 parliamentary elections.

In 2017, BJP performed overwhelmingly in constituencies with a significant Muslim population, winning 37 of these seats.

The Samajwadi Party’s share fell to just 17, but the Mayawati-led Bahjan Samajwadi Party failed to maintain a single seat in 2017.

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