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Owaisi: Muslims are like ‘band baja party’

Owaisi recently pledged that his AIMIM would contest in next year's assembly election in Uttar Pradesh to create a Muslim leadership

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has deplored the political condition of Muslims and said that they are like “band, baaza party” at weddings. The AIMIM leader, making this remark in Kanpur, lamented the fact that Muslims had no representation despite constituting 19% of the population in Uttar Pradesh.

“The condition of Muslims has become like a ‘band baja party’ in a marriage procession where they (Muslims) are first asked to play music, but are made to stand outside on reaching the wedding venue,” the president said.

“Now Muslims will not play the instrument. Even every caste has a leader, but Muslims have no leader. There is 19% Muslim population in UP but there is not a single leader,” Asaduddin Owaisi said in Kanpur.

Owaisi recently pledged that his would contest in next year’s assembly election in Uttar Pradesh to create a Muslim leadership. His announcement has created unease in the political parties that so far considered the Muslims as their core “vote bank”.

Different castes, including Jatavs, Yadavs, Rajbhars and Nishads, which constitute a relatively small part of the population of Uttar Pradesh, more or less have their own leadership, but Muslims, who account for more than 19% of the people in the state, do not see any united leadership.

So the AIMIM, led by Owaisi, wants to end the “slavery” of Muslims in the hands of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Indian National Congress (INC), which had been using them as their “vote bank”, according to the leaders of the party.

There are 82 assembly segments in the state where Muslim voters are in a position to make or mar the political fortunes of the candidates. Buoyed by winning five seats in last year’s Bihar polls from the Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region, which gave jitters to the RJD and the INC, Owaisi has already announced that his party will field candidates in 100 of the 403 seats in the Uttar Pradesh election expected to be held early next year.

The Hyderabad Member of Parliament launched his poll campaign from earlier this month and since then, has been addressing public meetings at different places. According to national spokesperson Syed Asim Waqar, the main goal of the party is to create a political narrative and leadership among Muslims for the progress of the community and a better future. 

The SP and the BSP have accused Owaisi of serving the interest of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by trying to divide Muslim votes and dismissed any possibility of the having any impact in the country’s political heartland.

Senior SP leader Abu Azmi discarded Owaisi as a “vote-katwa” (splitter of votes) who is acting on behalf of the BJP to damage the poll prospects of the Samajwadi Party. State media coordinator of the INC Lallan Kumar said Owaisi remembers Muslims only at the of elections and claimed that the minority community has traditionally supported the grand old party.

According to Census 2011, Muslims account for 19.26% of the population in Uttar Pradesh. They can play a decisive role in 82 of the state’s 403 Assembly constituencies. Muslims constitute 50.57 % of the population in Rampur, 47.12% in Moradabad, 43.04% in Bijnor, 41.95% in Saharanpur, 41.3% in Muzaffarnagar, 40.78% in Amroha and above 30% in Balrampur, Azamgarh, Bareilly, Meerut, Bahraich, Gonda and Shravasti.

Owaisi’s party will contest the Uttar Pradesh election as part of the “Bhagadari Morcha” formed by Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) president Om Prakash Rajbhar. 

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