The survey was conducted across India by the Association of Muslim Professionals, who sent questionnaires to 4,589 respondents from across various social strata to “understand the current practices of Zakat collection, distribution and its impact on Muslim community”.
Social activists in the area lament that in spite of the area being so close to Mumbai and Nashik, the problems faced by these women do not find resonance in the election campaign of any party in Nashik Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls on April 29.
The Hyderabad-based AIMIM is for the first time, since its inception, contesting Lok Sabha seats outside Hyderabad. Aurangabad, with a Muslim vote share of between 20 and 25 per cent, has long been seen as a seat where the chances of a Muslim candidate winning are relatively high.
Gavit, who was one of the key figures behind the two Farmers Long Marches called by the CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) in the state over the last year, is expected to be accompanied by nearly 10,000 farmers and tribals.
Even as the MNS’s ties with the BJP have been strained, Thackeray and Modi have shared good personal equations. The attacks seem dictated by the MNS chief’s need to keep himself relevant at a time when his party’s political fortunes are dwindling.
Both Rabi and Kharif crops have been hit in these areas with water scarcity taking a toll on human and animals alike. Failure of crops like jowar, napier grass, maize, etc, has triggered a serious fodder crisis, which has threatened livestock across the state.