Cong might acquire Muslim votes in Telangana: Specialists


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Muslims of Telangana, who’ve been supporting the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) for the final two meeting elections in Telangana, may tilt in the direction of the Congress to some extent within the elections scheduled to be held on November 30, analysts say.

Accounting for round 13% of the whole inhabitants in Telangana, Muslims maintain the important thing in at the least 45 out of 119 meeting constituencies within the state and have the potential to tilt the stability to both the BRS or the Congress within the occasion of a decent battle.

In keeping with Hyderabad-based scholar and political analyst Mir Ayub Ali Khan, the Muslims had supported the Congress through the mixed Andhra Pradesh as a result of it was pleasant with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and was opposing the Bharatiya Janata Get together throughout the nation, regardless of the actual fact that there have been occasional communal clashes through the Congress regime until 1994.

“Although a bit of Muslims additionally supported the Telugu Desam Get together, the Congress loved their help by and huge. Through the Y S Rajsekhar Reddy authorities, they even obtained 4 per cent reservations in training and employment,” he mentioned.

Nevertheless, after the dying of YSR in 2009, the Muslims began feeling insecure and there have been incidents of assaults on Muslims through the Kiran Kumar Reddy regime in 2010 and 2011. “The AIMIM snapped its ties with the Congress in 2011 and adopted an unbiased stand. When the BRS (earlier Telangana Rashtra Samithi) fought the elections independently in 2014, the Muslims voted for it, as they have been charmed by KCR, who spoke of their language and got here nearer to their coronary heart,” Khan mentioned.

Between 2014 and 2018, the KCR authorities took up welfare schemes for the Muslims, resembling development of Shadi Khanas and introduction of Shadi Mubarak (fee of 1 lakh to poor Muslim households in the direction of marriage bills).

“The largest initiative was the institution of 206 residential faculties and schools solely for Muslims to enhance the tutorial requirements of Muslims. There have been completely no incidents of any communal violence anyplace in Telangana. The pleasant alliance with the AIMIM helped the BRS to a big extent and that resulted within the Muslims voting for the BRS for a second time in 2018 elections,” Khan mentioned.

This time, too, the BRS is assured that the Muslims would repose religion within the management of KCR, because the AIMIM introduced its help to the BRS. Nevertheless, the Congress has been making all-out efforts to regain the boldness of Muslims.

“The arrogance of the Congress stems from the truth that the Muslims voted in massive numbers within the neighbouring Karnataka within the latest meeting elections and that might undoubtedly have some impression on Telangana as nicely,” mentioned one other political analyst Prof Nageshwar.

However, he mentioned, it was a unique state of affairs in Karnataka as a result of the principal opponent for the Congress was the BJP. “So, the Muslims had no alternative besides to vote for the Congress. In Telangana, the BJP isn’t any main rival for the Congress, however it’s BRS,” he mentioned.

He, nevertheless, mentioned the narrative that the Congress is the one social gathering which might tackle the BJP on the nationwide stage is quick spreading among the many Muslims throughout the nation and even in Telangana. “On the similar time, a normal notion that the BRS has a tacit understanding with the BJP can also be rising robust among the many Muslims in Telangana. Which may work in favour of the Congress,” Nageshwar mentioned.

The Congress management has additionally been campaigning that it was the YSR authorities which had launched reservations for Muslims in training and employment. “Although KCR promised that he would improve the Muslim quota to 12 per cent, he has not taken any steps in that path however washed his fingers of by throwing the blame on the Centre,” former minister Mohammad Ali Shabbir mentioned.

Each the BRS and the Congress have resisted the Uniform Civil Code proposal of the Centre and the BJP’s public announcement that it will get rid of the Muslim reservations whether it is voted to energy.

“All of it relies on whom the Muslims would imagine. For the reason that Congress is a nationwide social gathering that may tackle the BJP, it hopes it might win the boldness of the Muslims within the elections. However to what extent stays an fascinating query,” Nageshwar added.

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