The Rashtriya Ulama Council (RUC), an Uttar Pradesh-based political party, on Tuesday demanded that at least 18 seats be earmarked for the Muslims in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. Its national president Aamir Rashadi Madni said either the Congress or the BJP should meet this demand.
Asked if both parties failed to oblige, Madni said his own party, the RUC, would field candidates. However, he did not respond when asked which party would benefit at whose cost, if the Muslim vote breaks up.
“The electioneering is revolving round three persons — Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani, and no one is talking about the Muslims,” he said.
“But, the Muslims are not ready to become scapegoats anymore. They will go with the BJP if it gives them 18 seats,” he said. On the other hand, Madni said the Congress had been doing political exploitation and victimisation of the Muslims for 70 years under a “well-planned conspiracy” for their use as a vote bank. “Why did Rahul Gandhi not go to see Zakia Jafri, the wife of Ahsan Jafri (who was killed in the 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre)?,” he asked.
Active in politics since the 2008 Batla House encounter case of New Delhi, the Azamgarh leader said that his fight was against the aggressor, be it the Hindus or the Muslims. “There is no Hindu or Muslim terrorists, it is the government that terrorises people,” he said.