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Minorities can be a decisive factor in the General Elections

By on April 6, 2014

It looks like no political party/alliance will be in a position to win a clear majority on its own strength. Despite ‘Modi wave’ in the country, India is probably heading for a hung parliament. To avoid coalition government, all political parties are reaching out to the Muslims, Dalits and Christians in the country as they constitute between 30-40 percent of the population in India.

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All political parties are polarizing voters on communal lines. Hindu vote-bank is mainly secured for BJP and its alliance. Muslims have never voted for the BJP in any parliamentary election. Muslims have always voted for Congress, SP, and BSP. As an alternate to BSP, Congress and SP, Muslims are looking towards AAP as muslims feel cheated by all political parties. About three crore Dalit Christians also feel cheated by the UPA government which promised them to give the status of Scheduled Caste for the few decades. This time Dalit Christians can opt for BJP or AAP in elections.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is holding a strong lead before election. Even though Modi wave can’t be denied in the country, BJP and its alliance is unlikely to reach to a magical figure of 272 in the Lok Sabha Elections. Opinion Polls have shown voters favoring Modi wave, but Muslim voters is likely to rise in order to oppose ‘Modi wave’. The Muslim accounts for around 15% of the total voters in India, and can be decisive factor in the General Elections.

Both BJP and Congress are playing communal card before election. To woo Hindu voters, BJP general secretary Amit Shah has promised for ‘revenge’ in a village that houses the Batteesaa Khap near riot-hit Muzaffarnagar district of UP. On the contrary, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in Delhi, has announced his support for the Congress. Meanwhile, Yahya Bukhari, brother of Syed Ahmed Bukhari, declared his support for AAP in Lok Sabha Elections.

Congress vote-bank is slowly shifting towards Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which stunned the whole country by performing excessively well in Delhi. Many leaders of the minority community have expressed their support to AAP. It will not be shocking to watch the direct battle between BJP and AAP. AAP is focusing on urban and minorities voters, and can put an impressive show in the Lok Sabha Elections.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) promised in its election manifesto that cases against Muslims will be decided within six months and police officials found guilty of harassment will be punished. The AAP promised to improve quality of education in the minority community.

The nine-phase Lok Sabha election begins Monday from India’s northeast, with polling in five of the 14 seats in Assam and one of the two seats in Tripura.

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