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The 25-crore strong minority of India, which can ensure the victory or defeat of any candidate in 40 to 50 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Published: April 11, 2014 12:34:24 am

Jamaat-e-Islami’s biweekly, Daawat, writes on April 4: “The 25-crore strong minority of India, which can ensure the victory or defeat of any candidate in 40 to 50 Lok Sabha constituencies and exert significant influence in another over 100 constituencies, is maintaining silence amid the deafening electoral noise all round. Its meaningful silence seems intriguing not only to the Muslim leadership but also to all political parties. The media too has so far failed to gauge the meaning of this enigmatic silence.”

The paper adds: “Muslims certainly feel they have the key to electoral power and in spite of the propaganda of a Modi wave and exaggerated figures in electoral surveys, the BJP does not seem to be reaching beyond 200. Therefore, they have a dual responsibility of making secular forces and candidates with clean images successful, along with increasing the community’s representation in Parliament, which is decreasing consistently.”

The editor of Inquilab, Shakeel Shamsi, on March 31, writes: “Presently over 70 per cent voters vote against communalists, but these are divided into three or four sections and candidates securing 30 or 35 per cent votes become successful. Therefore, we all should try to prevent the division of secular votes.”

Delhi-based Nai Duniya, edited by former BSP and SP leader, Shahid Siddiqui, however, laments that “Muslims always vote in a manner to defeat the BJP candidate and make a candidate of another party successful…But Muslims did not get anything. They remained fuel for such battles…”


Inquilab (April 8) discounts the possibility of any “technical” problems being the cause of the extraordinary delay in the release of the BJP manifesto, arguing that the party deliberately delayed its release to attract “minimum criticism.”

On the Congress manifesto, Rashtriya Sahara (March 28), writes, “The Congress has presented a 15-point programme for social, economic and political change. So far as the promise for social security is concerned, what has been done during the last 10 years of Congress rule in the name of social security is well known. Therefore, it is futile to expect any revolutionary change in this direction. On the one hand, the Congress is seen as being kind to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes, on the other, its stand on providing reservation to backward and economically weak Muslims is not clear and the manifesto does not make any sound statement in this regard. Also, if any steps for reservations for SC/ STs in the private sector are taken at the cost of the interests of other sections, it would not be acceptable. The passage of a bill for women’s reservation requires greater efforts at preparing people mentally and there is very little chance of this happening in the next five years.”

The daily Siasat, published from Hyderabad and Bangalore, has listed the UPA’s failures and unkept promises on several fronts and says that “people vote on performance, not promises.”


Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on March 30, writes: “The words used by the Congress candidate from Saharanpur (for Narendra Modi) can in no way be considered pardonable. They are inappropriate, condemnable and regrettable from every point of view. There can never be any excuse for such words that are unacceptable. Muslims of not only Saharanpur but of the entire country are extremely angry as they are opposed to bringing politics to such a low level.”

On Amit Shah’s controversial statement about “revenge” in the context of communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, Inquilab (April 7), writes: “The BJP that had thus for been trying to convince people by making development as its political agenda, is now returning to its real agenda — communalism — keeping aside the niceties of development. The controversial speech of Amit Shah… is proof of its worst double standards. Amit Shah is doing what is part of the Sangh Parivar’s agenda. If they come to power it would come with its policy of hate and discord that will be very dangerous for the country.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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