With the results of the MCD polls whose voting was held on Sunday being out and BJP successfully retaining the civic agencies for the third time, eyes were on its Muslim candidates.
This time around the party fielded 5 Muslim candidates out of total 272 seats and backed Gulfam an Independent candidate in Abul Fazal Enclave after its candidate’s nomination was cancelled.
However, Kuwar Rafi from Zakir Nagar, Sartaj Ahmed from Chauhan Banger, Sabra Malik from Mustafabad, Famudin Safi from Delhi Gate and Rubina Begum from Quresh Nagar struggled to open their accounts.
Congress spokesperson Abdul Rasool Khan said: “BJP is now vouching for symbolic nationalism, which is only a gimmick. Secondly, these communal incidents that are happening across the country, where minorities are attacked, have certainly created a dent in BJP’s campaign. PM Modi talks about development, but the poor is being beaten up…. their actions show that they do not want Muslims. This will be evident in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections where people will understand that secularism and coexistence is extremely important.”
Muhammad Ali Khan, another Congress spokesperson, said as quoted by news18.com: “These areas where BJP had fielded Muslim candidates were essentially Congress strongholds, hence this verdict was expected. Fielding Muslim candidates from these areas was an extremely superficial act and was mere tokenism. Look at what a top BJP leader said recently that Muslims have been given sanctity under them, these statements, are nothing but tokenism.”
“I have data to prove that Muslims never vote for BJP, then how can one assume that they did so during the MCD elections. The 10 per cent who really vote should question themselves as to why do they do so,” said the RSS leader.