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Thursday, October 08, 2009 10:38:07 AM, News Desk

Will vote for...

A Better Candidate


Third Front






will not vote


Percentage of Muslims who participated in the survey

*Source: Inquilab survey

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Malegaon: Nearly half of the Muslims who participated in a pre-poll survey preferred candidates having a secular image and an inclination towards the community’s interests over a political alliance or group.


“Irrespective of their political affiliations, we will prefer to vote for better candidates wherever they are in the fray and not a political alliance”, say 48% of the Muslims who participated in the pre-poll survey conducted by Inuqilab - a Mumbai based Urdu daily.


The apprehension that their preferences might lead to a hung assembly and an unstable government has also not deterred them.


“Whenever there is an election, such apprehensions are raised and the onus of electing a stable and secular government is thrown upon the Muslims. This time, however, we would not be blindly following any political group. Instead, we are working on electing candidates who are sensitive to Muslim issues, have determination to work for the community’s problems and those who would raise the issues pertaining to the community in the house”, say nearly half of those who participated in the survey.


The Muslims who participated in the survey also suggested to confirm whether the candidates to whom they are giving their votes are in a position to win the election or not. “If the victory of a seemingly suitable candidate is doubtful then vote for the second best in the list”, suggested 48% of the Muslims who participated in the survey.


23% Muslims are in favour of the Third Front, which is led by RPI (Ramdas Athawale), Left parties and Samajwadi Party. “Comparatively Third Front is better than others. Moreover, in case of hung assembly it could play a major role in controlling the ruling alliance”, they opined.


18% Muslims in the survey have favoured the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party led ruling alliance. “Only Cong-NCP alliance has the capacity to stop the Sena-BJP from coming to the power. It would be foolish to handover the power to the communal forces in a bid to punish the ruling alliance”, they opined despite admitting that the ruling alliance had done hardly anything for the Muslim community in the past ten years.


Some of the Muslims who sent their opinions via SMSes and phones even suggested to vote for the Saffron Alliance. “We have tried everyone. Why not give a chance to Shiv Sena and BJP”, 02% of them said in the survey.


However, there are a significant 09% Muslims who are tired of the entire system. “Whoever wins the election and whoever forms the government, nobody is helpful to us. They come to power because of our votes. But in power, they never care about our grievances”, they observed while refusing to cast their votes.


More than three thousand candidates from various political groups including the independents are in the fray for the October 13 polls to elect 288 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs). Along with the congress-led ruling alliance, the opposition parties led by Shiv Sena-BJP and other political groups are already rattled by the large scale dissents within their rank and file. The survey report though is a mere indication of the mood of the electorates and not the actual results. Yet it is enough to generate panic in the political circles that for long enjoyed the power because of the Muslim votes.









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