Traditionally, it is believed that Muslim voters do not vote for Bhartiya Janta Party in Uttar Pradesh. It is evident from the fact that in the India Today-Axis survey, 76% of Muslim voters in UP preferred the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Party (SP-BSP) alliance during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The preferred party for Muslims is not BJP despite the fact that the party works on the theory of “sabka saath sabka vikas.” Opposition parties will battle for 19% special votes in upcoming UP elections.
There is no discrimination in UP based on religion- CM Yogi
Notably, the BJP government led by CM Yogi Adityanath does not discriminate among people of the state based on religion. In March 2021, CM Yogi had said that there is no discrimination in UP based on religion as 30 percent of the welfare scheme beneficiaries are Muslims in the state. From housing schemes, free power connections, free cooking gas to the Aayushman Bharat healthcare plan, Muslims have a higher share in the list of beneficiaries, reports suggest.
Opposition parties will battle to get 19% special votes in upcoming UP elections
As the opposition parties are aware that Muslims hesitate to vote for BJP, they often see them as the game-changers in the state. Though the population share stands at only 19%, they can make a difference, especially on the seats where the Muslim population is more than any other religion. SP, BSP, Congress, and other local parties have been trying to woo the Muslim voters for the upcoming elections but their plans may not be fruitful as they expecting due to the entry of AIMIM in the state.
AIMIM chief Owaisi had announced that his party would contest on 100 seats in upcoming UP elections
Recently, AIMIM chief Asaddudin Owaisi had announced that his party would contest on 100 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. In the last couple of years, AIMIM has been trying to showcase its power across India by contesting elections in different states. His aim is to project the party as a national party rather than a state party.
Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is also planning to contest UP elections. As a way of degrading BJP’s image in the eyes of voters, the party is indulging in half-baked rumour mongering.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are still approx nine months away. The recent win for BJP in the Zila Parishad elections gave some positive hope to the BJP leaders.