Ahead of Telangana elections, all the major parties including Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Congress are trying hard to woo Muslim voters. Muslim community comprises 12.7 of the total population in the state.
Of the 119 members’ assembly of Telangana, Muslim community plays a deciding role around 30 constituencies of Hyderabad, Mahbubnagar and Karimnagar segments, where the population of Muslims is around 15%.
Earlier in 2017 March, caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) proposed to swell the quota for socially and economically backward Muslims from 4% to 12% and stated that
“We will move heaven and earth. We will make an Act, start implementation and go there. If they don’t do it, we will fight out with the Centre. We will not go back”.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi is another leader, who influences Muslim votes in the state and after 2014 Lok Sabha elections AIMIM’s spread across the state is a big boost for the party. AIMIM and Congress both have stated that because of them Muslims got 4% reservation in the state.
Telangana polls are scheduled for December 7 and results will be declared on December 11.