NEW DELHI: Mayawati and other political figures still can't it believe it , and political pundits misread it, but the theory that Muslim's don't vote for BJP or that they vote against it enmasse, which was seriously tested in 2014, stands busted with Saturday's election results.
Speaking of the case of Deoband. The city had a population of 71% Muslim population. Yet, BJP candidate Brijesh gathered over 102,000 votes with a lead of nearly 30,000 against Bahujan Samaj Party's Majid Ali.
Similar case in Aligarh, where BJP candidate Sanjeev Raja was leading against two Muslim candidates fielded by Samajwadi party and BSP. At the time of writing, Raja had a lead of about 15,000 votes over SP's Zafar Alam.
Winning a three-fourth majority in the state seemed mathematically impossible without reasonable support from a community that forms about a fifth of electorate. Yet, BJP had made its stand clear. Without a Muslim candidate on the field, and promises of shutting down of "illegal slaughter houses and mechanized abattoirs" in the polls. The community which has a significant presence in the society did not seem happy about it.
"Most votes in the Muslim majority constituency have gone to BJP. It makes make's evident that voting machines were manipulated," Mayawati alleged at a press conference soon after the results became clear. These seem to be other factors at work though. BJP sources suggest that the women in the community were fed up of "trippel talaq" and had voted for the party banking on its promises to end the practice. Some community leaders had subscribed to this idea. "It is quite likely that Muslims have voted for BJP. Considering the fact that they took the stand for Muslim women rights, I won't be surprised if some section have shown favor with the party," Shaista Amber, president All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board, was quoted saying on Saturday.
According to a 10-city survey conducted by CrowdNewsing showed the Muslim voter was anything but strategic in the three-way contest between BJP, BSP and the SP-Congress alliance. "The idea of so-called Muslim vote stands busted," said Bilal Zaidi, former journalist founder of portal Crowdnewsing.com.
The survey shows , 55% of the respondents voted for the Congress-SP alliance, 36% voted for BSP and the remaining for smaller parties. BJP bagged just 2% of the Muslim vote.
Zaidi admits the sample size of his survey may be small, but it is the beat anyone has got at this point. He said there is no evidence that Muslims had voted for BJP. He feels the "vote against triple-talaq" is a nice rhetoric, but based on his survey only about two per cent of the Mulsim respondents were worried about it. About 44% of the voters were keen on poor, roads and other such developments