[Karnataka Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah with some of the Muslim leaders of the state in a file photo. (CoastalDigest.com)]
Bengaluru: In an outrageous move, a group of ex officers and some community leaders said to be sympathizers of the Congress have warned the Muslims in Karnataka of social boycott if they backed the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) or Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) or Janata Dal (U) in the 2018 state elections.
As reported by Deccan Chronicle, Muslim community leaders and retired Muslim officers held a meeting two days ago to chalk out a strategy so that the Muslim vote is not divided.
Those who attended the meeting felt that under no circumstance should Muslim community votes get divided which would only benefit the BJP, the report said.
A large number of Muslim community leaders from Bengaluru and a small section of leaders from Shivamogga, Kolar, Tumakuru and Chitradurga attended the meeting at which a Core Committee, comprising senior leaders from the community was constituted which would chalk out the future course of action.
The meeting also decided to bring Maulanas from across the state for a meeting where they would be convinced to back the Congress party.
Citing unnamed sources the report claimed that a senior Congress leader and a big businessman from the community were behind this campaign.
Explaining the reason for holding the meeting, the report quoting its sources said, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) had recently organised a big rally which was attended by over a lakh people.
“The SDPI is likely to field candidates in 60 seats and the Hyderabad-based MIM might field candidates in 40 assembly segments. This has become a cause of worry for Congress leaders as these parties might split minority vote,” the report said citing unnamed sources.
The Karanataka assembly election is expected in April and May 2018.
Muslims form approximately 12.91% of the population of Karnataka. While Muslims can be found in all districts of Karanataka, Muslims have a stronger presence in: 1. Northern Karnataka (especially in the area formerly ruled by the Princely State of Hyderabad) such as Gulbarga, Bidar, Bijapur, Raichur and Dharwad.