Muslim vote for Pasmanda benefits
The manner in which political parties are conducting themselves these days, indications are crystal clear—their actions and reactions are intended considering the upcoming 16th parliamentary election slated in the summer of 2016. Without any skepticism, I would like to articulate—democracy is considered as the best system available at disposal to govern a nation, society, however, in a nation with pluralistic society, lack of accountability, democracy is more or less reduced to vote bank politics rather than politics of inclusive development.
Many a politicians may not like but the truth must come out and must prevail—Muslims are looked upon as a potential vote bank as they constitute about 14% of the population. A.P. is one of the states with substantial Muslim population. Close examination of policies, conduct of various local parties, including ruling Congress and opposition, TDP, clearly indicates that political parties are and have been attempting to woo, lure Muslim voters as at many a constituencies, their votes are deciding factors.
Why do Muslims trade vote?
NGOs, societies, leading scholars working towards the upliftment of Muslim community are also well versed with the fact that come election, politicos will put their anchor around them to cajole Muslims. To bargain for Muslim population in A.P., a group of about 35 leading Muslim personalities, including scholars and social activists converged in Hyderabad on June 4 to deliberate on the upcoming assembly and parliamentary election and how to further the socio-economic development of Muslims. The prominent meeting was called on the invitation of Khalid Rasool Khan, a respected social activist from Muslim community in A.P.
The discussion centered on uniting Muslim community under one umbrella and support a single party that sincerely focuses on the upliftment of Muslim community. While addressing the audience, Khalid focused on the objective behind the convention: “Our purpose is to unite the Muslims across all 294 constituencies of the state. We will chose a political party with potential to form the government and put forth our demand for the development of Muslims.”
Muslim United Vote Committee, a registered society has been framed to push forward the agenda of uniting Muslim under one umbrella. It remains to be seen how much this opportunistic move will be practical on ground zero.
Muslim Population in A.P
As per the latest statistics available, Muslims account for about 9.5% of the total population of A.P. The districts of Hyderabad, Karnool, Guntur, Ranga Reddy and Anantpur with a sizeable Muslim population are always at the centre stage come election to lure Muslim voters with Muslims’ centric policies.
Given the current political scenario in A.P., in all probability all leading political parties will attempt to grab their share of pie among Muslim votes. Why? Reasons are obvious. Almost all regional parties have Muslim supporters be it ruling Congress or Opposition, TDP. Other regional parties too can’t be undermined, including TRS and MIM.
Is this trend of trading votes justifiable?
Ever since nation attained freedom, politicos cutting across party lines are attempting to lure Muslims to garner votes, eventually to bake their political breads. At times, this vote bank politics has resulted in splitting communities, raising grave questions on the very system of vote bank politics.