After prominent Muslim community leaders on Monday expressed their dismay over the Election Commission of India’s announcement to hold the Lok Sabha polls in seven phases, with the three final phases falling in the holy Ramadan month of fasting, President of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party, Asaduddin Owaisi rubbished such opinions.
Asaduddin Owaisi, the AIMIM chief, said that the controversy was unnecessary and uncalled for. “Fasting is obligatory on Muslims. We cook, work, clean & take care of our families while fasting,” the AIMIM president added. He further went on to say, “It’s an insult to Muslims to say that Ramzan will affect our voting.”
“I would earnestly request those political parties that please don’t use the Muslim community & Ramzan for whatever reasons you have,” the Hyderabad MP added.
Owaisi remarked that in his analysis “this month will lead to more voting percentage because one will be free from all worldly duties.”
Fasting is obligatory on Muslims. We cook, work, clean & take care of our families while fasting. It’s an insult to Muslims to say that Ramzan will affect our voting.
In Ramzan, Shaitan is enchained – inshallah one will use their vote to defeat his agents pic.twitter.com/HxfmhHvzML
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) March 11, 2019
The Election Commission had also said that elections are being conducted during Ramzan as a full month cannot be excluded. Though the date of main festival and Fridays have been avoided for poll days, the Election Commission had said.
The Ramadan month starts on May 5 and will continue till June 4, and the last three phases of polling are scheduled on May 6, May 12 and May 19.
The polling in these three phases shall be conducted for 51, 59 and 59 constituencies, respectively, as per the EC schedule unveiled on Sunday.