BSP GENERAL secretary and the party’s Muslim face, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, on Saturday said only “6 per cent” of Uttar Pradesh votes for the ruling SP, which uses votes of Muslims — constituting 20 per cent of the state’s population — to come to power, only to abandon them later.
Addressing a Bhaichara Sammelan in Muslim-dominated Machhli Mohal area of Lucknow Central constituency, Siddiqui urged the community to join hands with BSP’s Dalit support base, which he claimed comprises 26 per cent of state’s population. “Together, Dalits and Muslims constitute 46 per cent of UP’s population, and will be a formidable force in the elections next year,” he added.
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Siddiqui said the Muslims need to “have faith in a leader who is capable of taking care of them as well as members of all other communities”. “Only BSP government had allowed Barawafat procession from Shah Meena in Lucknow Old City… It had passed orders to allow students to appear for exams in madrasas but the Akhilesh government had changed the rules. Many of our daughters who observe purdah had to give up their studies as they had to appear in exams in schools and not in madrasas,” he alleged.
“Behen Mayawati believes in doing things and not making announcements. Your should vote for BSP and maker her the chief minister again. You should get associated with BSP… you will not get a chance to complain,” Siddiqui told the gathering, as he urged them to vote for BSP candidate from the seat, Rajiv Srivastava. Speaking to mediapersons later, Siddiqui said he had nothing to do with his brother Hasanuddin, who was on Saturday given a ticket from Banda by the SP for the 2017 polls.