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Muslim Voters Are Confused Due To National Organizations And Leaders

Muslim Voters Are Confused Due To National Organizations And LeadersMuslim Voters Are Confused Due To National Organizations And Leaders

Hyderabad: Nov  25 (Hydnow): Muslim voters in Telangana find themselves in a perplexing predicament, navigating a labyrinth of conflicting opinions from national organizations and leaders.

The historical wounds of the Babri Masjid demolition and the ensuing violence seem to have receded into the background, replaced by a fresh wave of uncertainty.

Ahead of the Telangana Assembly Elections, the BJP’s contentious stance has left a significant portion of Muslims ensnared in a complex web of political allegiances, a stark contrast to previous elections where electoral advisories from various organizations coalesced around a single party. Jamaat-e-Islami, for instance, has adopted a fragmented approach, endorsing different parties in different constituencies, while Jamiat Ulema Hind’s factions stand divided, with one supporting the Bharat Rashtra Samithi and another aligning with Congress.

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The United Muslim Forum, representing a diverse spectrum of organizations in Hyderabad, has pledged its support to the BRS. This divergence in opinions has caught the common Muslim voter off guard, shattering the assumption that these organizations would speak with a unified voice. The lingering distrust towards the BJP, rooted in the events surrounding the Babri Masjid in 1992, has traditionally discouraged Muslims from considering it a viable voting option. However, the current discord among national organizations has further muddied the waters.

An unexpected twist has emerged, with members associated with multiple organizations finding themselves torn between conflicting loyalties, as one organization supports Congress while another backs the BRS. This internal strife is evident even within groups like Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, where differences regarding party support have surfaced. Some members have proactively campaigned for their preferred party even before their organization made an official announcement.

The hasty decisions exhibited by certain national organizations have not only tarnished their standing in the eyes of political parties but have also diminished their significance among Muslim communities. The Congress party, equally culpable for the destruction of the Babri Masjid, witnessed a decline in Muslim support after the event. However, attempts by Sonia Gandhi to mend ties and subsequent unanimous Muslim support for the party in 2004 were later eroded by the UPA’s tenure, marked by a series of perceived injustices against Muslims in the guise of counter-terrorism measures.

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This erosion of trust led to a political shift in Telangana, favoring the TRS, now BRS after its formation. In both the 2014 and 2018 elections, nearly all national organizations, save for one, rallied behind the TRS, now BRS, emphasizing a unified endorsement that stands in stark contrast to the current fractured landscape of conflicting loyalties and political alignments. (Hydnow


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