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Myth Of Muslims’ Tactical Voting Busted

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Intellectuals admit  to massive division of the Muslim votes. They say many  Muslims voted on issues which helped the BJP

New Delhi : The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections have conclusively busted the myth of the Muslim community resorting to tactical voting to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Many Muslim intellectuals admit to massive division of the Muslim votes as they say many Muslims voted on issues rather than the tactical vote and that helped the BJP as they see a clear absence of the tactical voting in the constituencies with the Muslims accounting for one-third voters.

The BJP has won 30 out of 40 such seats which are considered to have the Muslim domination due to high concentration of the community. Most of these constituencies are situated in the six districts of western UP – Amroha, Bulandshahar, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur.


The BJP won 30 out of 40 such seats which are considered to have the Muslim domination due to high concentration of the community. Most of these constituencies are situated in the 6 districts of western UP – Amroha, Bulandshahar, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur.

The saffron party was engaged primarily in a triangular contest in these districts with the SP-Congress Alliance and the Bahujan Samaj Party, though also in the fray were the Rashtriya Lok Dal of Ajit Singh and two Muslim parties – All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMME) of Asaduddin Owaisi and the Peace Party of Dr Ayub.

Votes polled by the BJP in 22 of the 30 seats it won were less than the total polled by SP-Cong combine and the BSP. It clearly shows that the Muslim votes were divided among the three parties instead of the past trend of all their votes going together to a single party in a constituency. Amroha district has more than 40 per cent Muslim voters. In Dhanaura (SC) constituency in Amroha district, the winning BJP candidate got 1,02,943 votes while the SP-Cong Alliance got 64,714 and the BSP 51,952 which clearly shows divison of votes from almost the middle.

In Hasanpur constituency in the district, the BJP got 1,11,269 votes as against SP-Cong’s 83,499 and BSP’s 51930. Likewise, in Naugawan Sadat of the district, the winner BJP candidate got 97,030 votes while the SP-Cong Alliance got 76,382 and the BSP candidate 40,172 votes.

Similar trends are visible in Meerut district. In the Hastinapur (SC) constituency, the BJP winner got 99,436 votes while the SP-Cong Alliance got 48,979 votes and the BSP 63,374 votes.

In Kithore constituency in the district, the votes of the BJP candidate were 90,622 as against SP-Cong’s 79,800 and BSP’s 62503. In Meerut South, the BJP polled 1,13,225 votes while the SP-Congress  got 69,117 and BSP 77,830. In Sardhana, the BJP candidate got 97,921 votes while the SP-Congress Alliance got 76,296 votes and BSP got 57,239. In Siwal Khas constituency, the winner BJP got 72,842 while SP-Congress had 61,421 and BSP 42,524.

Similar is the trend in other constituencies in the region. In Bulandshahar, the BJP got 1,11,538 votes while the SP-Congress Alliance got 24,119 and the BSP got 88,454. In Sikandarabad, the BJP got 1,04,956, pushing the BSP to second position with 76,333 and the SP-Congress coming third with 48,910 votes.

The Muslim intelligentsia is divided on implications of the results on their community. Saista Amber, President of the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board, endorsed the BJP leaders’ claim that its stand on triple talaq attracted the Muslim women, especially younger ones, to vote for their party.

She said Muslims are known for tactical voting, but this time the community has voted for issues and explained that the Muslim women wanted the BJP win because they are fed up of “male domination” and want to end injustice meted to them due to the triple talaq issue. Saista, in fact, campaigned for the BJP in this election.

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