Ahead of Rajasthan polls, Congress party has so far fielded 14 Muslim candidates for the electoral battle of the Royal state. Move to project 14 Muslim candidates till now in Rajasthan, has provided a boost to minorities appearance in the state, sources claimed. Muslim voters play a vital role in deciding the fate of 25 constituencies of Rajasthan including Tonk, Ajmer, Kota and many more.
In Rajasthan, Muslims have never had much political significance, because of their fewer shares in the state’s population, of nine per cent, however, the grand old party is giving a wide berth to Muslim leaders, irrespective of their population, state leaders told media.
The list includes names of four former MLAs of Congress- Naseem Akhtar, Saleh Mohammad, Ameen Khan and Zakir Hussain. Habibur Rahman who had recently resigned from BJP has also made it to the list.
According to sources, minorities have full faith in Congress, while BJP’s strategy is to retain its Hindu voters through declining minorities’ contestants. Out of 14 Muslim contestants, 4 are females including Zahida Khan from Kaman and many more. After including 4 Muslims females, it is clearly evident that party’s strategists have followed the instructions of Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi, who had promised to include more women candidates in the upcoming assembly elections especially from minorities.
Muslims of Rajasthan were vocal towards proving their presence in ticket distribution system in both the parties and only Congress has so far involved the Muslim candidates. Currently, there are two sitting legislators in 200 members Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha.
Vasundhara Raje led Rajasthan government is facing acute anti-incumbency in the state over solving the water crisis, farmers are disappointed on minimum support price (MSP), and lack of jobs for youths in the state. Polls are scheduled for December 7 in Rajasthan and results will be declared on December 11.