With the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) placing up an excellent electoral present and profitable 5 seats within the recently-concluded Bihar Meeting elections, the political milieu in Congress-ruled Rajasthan is abuzz with hypothesis of the AIMIM making inroads within the state.
The possible entry of the AIMIM in Rajasthan has additionally prompted a response from the Congress, which has accused its chief Asaduddin Owaisi of being an “agent” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.
“Owaisi is seen working as an agent of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, for the aim of weakening the Congress and people forces which wish to preserve the nation united. I’ve religion that forces which strengthen the unity of the nation reject Owaisi or any others and the subsequent authorities in Rajasthan shall be fashioned by the Congress get together,” Congress MLA and get together Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi instructed reporters in Jaipur on Tuesday.
The saffron get together hit again, with BJP nationwide secretary Dr Alka Gurjar accusing each the AIMIM and the Congress do “politics of appeasement” primarily based on the Muslim vote.
Some Congress leaders really feel that a number of elements, reminiscent of discontent amongst the Muslim neighborhood over the latest mayoral elections in Jaipur, have resulted in an setting match for the AIMIM to domesticate a assist base.
“Within the latest mayoral elections for the Jaipur Heritage Municipal Company, the Congress get together couldn’t agree on a Muslim mayoral candidate, although nearly all of councillors of the Congress and the independents supporting it are Muslims. There aren’t sufficient boards or commissions the place the Congress has ensured illustration of Muslims. Elements reminiscent of these are presenting AIMIM instead, significantly among the many youth,” stated a senior Congress chief who was energetic within the municipal elections in Jaipur.
A number of Muslim outfits had demonstrated in opposition to the Ashok Gehlot-led state authorities after the Congress had did not area a mayoral candidate from the minority neighborhood, with many throughout the get together accusing its Muslim MLAs of not agreeing on any identify as a result of they didn’t wish to create a possible rival to their candidature within the Meeting elections.
“Ever for the reason that Bihar election outcomes, there may be an elevated curiosity among the many members of the minority neighborhood in regards to the AIMIM. Points such because the dissent over the mayoral election have additionally contributed to it. If AIMIM fights elections in Rajasthan, it’s apparent that it received’t hurt the BJP’s ballot prospects however can lead to electoral harm for the Congress as a result of at current, virtually all the minority neighborhood votes for the Congress get together,” stated Abdul Razzak Bhati, Congress chief and former member of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee.
He added that he’ll increase this challenge earlier than the Congress management in Rajasthan in order that “enhancements” can made and the get together doesn’t must endure electoral losses.
Some Muslim neighborhood leaders say that they’ve already contacted the AIMIM, inviting it to area candidates in Rajasthan.
“After the outcomes of the Bihar elections, I reached out to the AIMIM central management and Asaduddin Owaisi, inviting him to make the get together’s entry in Rajasthan. Particularly among the many youth in Rajasthan, there’s a sense of disillusionment with the Congress because it usually seems the get together has taken the minority votes as a right. We would like equal participation and stake holding within the choice making course of,” stated advocate Mujahid Naqvi, a Muslim social chief from Jaipur who can be a member of the Rajasthan Muslim Discussion board.
Citing points reminiscent of grievances of Urdu lecturers and lack of illustration of Muslims in political appointments, he stated that a big part of minority voters really feel “uncared for”.
“The AIMIM will not be a Muslim get together however it’s a secular get together for which the Structure is the best authority and it additionally raises the problems of backward and weaker sections of the society. The Congress doesn’t increase points affecting the minority neighborhood, fearing that it’ll lose Hindu votes. It’s due to these elements that there’s an elevated name in Rajasthan to see AIMIM instead possibility,” stated Naqvi.
Chatting with The Indian Specific, Joshi downplayed his earlier feedback and stated that individuals from all sections of the society are proud of the work executed by the Congress authorities in Rajasthan.
“Be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs or Christians, individuals from all sections of the society can see the event works executed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and they’re proud of our efficiency throughout sectors. That’s the reason we did properly within the native physique polls and went on to win in 4 municipal firms. There shall be no impact of something on the recognition of Congress,” stated Joshi.
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