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    Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009
    By Syed Zahid Ahmad

    [TwoCircles.net may not agree with the observations and endorsements mentioned in this article]

    A brief study of data available at website of Election Commission of India has been made by week ending 11th April 2009 to observe the scope of Indian Muslimís position in Lok Sabha election 2009. During the study it was found that still data about all constituencies are not available, and Muslims have filed their nomination at 128 constituencies in 16 states. So the study is based upon only 128 constituencies of 16 states.

    Objectives
    The basic objectives of the observation has been -
    1. To let Indian Muslims aim winning 100 Lok Sabha seats in General Election 2009.
    2. To avoid division of votes among Muslim candidates which otherwise allows other community win the election despite having good number of Muslim voters.
    3. To find scope for Indian Muslims to have maximum representation in political parties which are expected to rule the nation in coalition after election.
    4. To observe the attitude of different political parties about empowering Indian Muslims by allowing Muslims contest Lok Sabha Election 2009
    5. To ensure that Indian Muslims would have relative share in forming political alliances or coalition government after election because chances are there that no political party is going to get absolute majority. In that case even individuals may play vital role in formation of next central Government.

    Observation Method
    The data posted on website of Election commission of India were studied to find status of Indian Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009. During study, the focus of observation was to find which constituencies have Muslim candidates from different political parties or as independent. Since data at website were incomplete, we could find Muslim candidates filed their nominations at only 128 constituencies from 16 states. So the whole study in based on these 128 constituencies instead of all constituencies.

    Observation Report:
    During the observation it was found that out of 128 constituencies, Muslims have filed 154 nominations as independent. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has given maximum 26 seats to Muslims, followed by Indian National Congress (INC) and Samajwadi Party (SP) with 12 and 10 seats. The number of independent candidates and top 32 political parties with number of Muslim candidates are mentioned in the following table.

    SL. INDEPENDENT / POLITICAL PARTY COUNT TC % OF TC
    0 INDEPENDENT 154 128 120.3 1
    BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY 26 128 20.3 2
    INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS 12 128 9.4 3
    SAMAJWADI PARTY 10 128 7.8 4
    ASSAM UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT 8 128 6.3 5
    DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PARTY 6 128 4.7 6
    MUSLIM LEAGUE KERALA STATE COMMITTEE 6 128 4.7 7
    PEACE PARTY 6 128 4.7 8
    RASHTRIYA JANATA DAL 6 128 4.7 9
    AMBEDKAR NATIONAL CONGRESS 5 128 3.9 10
    PRAJA RAJYAM PARTY 5 128 3.9 11
    JANATA DAL (SECULAR) 4 128 3.1 12
    LOK JAN SHAKTI PARTY 4 128 3.1 13
    COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA 3 128 2.3 14
    COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MARXIST) 3 128 2.3 15
    NATIONAL LOKHIND PARTY 3 128 2.3 16
    APNA DAL 2 128 1.6 17
    BHARIPA BAHUJAN MAHASANGHA 2 128 1.6 18
    INDIAN JUSTICE PARTY 2 128 1.6 19
    INDIAN UNION MUSLIM LEAGUE 2 128 1.6 20
    JHARKHAND VIKAS MORCHA (PRAJATANTRIK) 2 128 1.6 21
    LOK VIKAS PARTY 2 128 1.6 22
    LOKTANTRIK SAMATA DAL 2 128 1.6 23
    NATIONALIST CONGRESS PARTY 2 128 1.6 24
    NELOPA(UNITED) 2 128 1.6 25
    PYRAMID PARTY OF INDIA 2 128 1.6 26
    TELANGANA RASHTRA SAMITHI 2 128 1.6 27
    TELUGU DESAM 2 128 1.6 28
    AJEYA BHARAT PARTY 1 128 0.8 29
    AKHIL BHARATIYA ASHOK SENA 1 128 0.8 30
    ALL INDIA FORWARD BLOC 1 128 0.8 31
    ALL INDIA MAJLIS-E-ITTEHADUL MUSLIMEEN 1 128 0.8 32
    AWAMI PARTY 1 128 0.8

    TOTAL 128 CONSTITUENCIES IN 16 STATES 313 128 244.5
    TC = Total Constituencies

    During the study it was observed that among all political parties BSP has taken the lead to file Muslim candidates. The INC along with present alliance do not compete BSP. Similarly the probable third or fourth front does not compete to BSP. If BSP join alliance led by INC or third front, Muslims will be in better position, condition they support BSP. Otherwise, if Muslims prefer other parties, their position may be weaker after election.

    In some Muslim concentrated constituencies; SP which is quite popular among Muslims for their secularism has either supported non Muslims candidates or Muslims for name sake only. Examples could be Jayaprada from Rampur and Nafisa Ali from Lucknow. Similarly there is conflict among Muslim candidates filed nominations from different secular parties.

    Resolution:

    After observation it is reported to find that at present Muslims should have following level of priorities for political parties in Lok Sabha Election 2009. During observation, it was also found that many Muslim concentrated constituencies are reserved for SCs or STs which is unfair. In most of Muslim concentrated constituencies, there are more than one Muslim candidate increasing the probability for division of Muslim votes and allowing non Muslims to win seats form those constituencies. Even in some Muslim concentrated constituencies where just one Muslim candidate from political party has filed nomination, other independent Muslim has filed nomination which may further divide the Muslim votes. In some constituencies Muslim candidates have filed their nominations just as independent because no political party gave ticket to Muslims from those constituencies.

    After observation it is suggested that Muslims should have clear policy to
    Vote for Muslims against Non Muslims in all constituencies to enable Muslims win maximum Lok Sabah Seats.

    Vote for Independent Muslim if no political party has Muslim candidate in a particular constituency and any Muslim has filed nomination as independent candidate.

    In case of choosing candidates among different political parties the Muslims need to vote with following priority list.

    Probability list about Political parties for Muslims in General Election 2009

    Sl. Political parties names
    1 BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    2 INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    3 SAMAJWADI PARTY
    4 ASSAM UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT
    5 DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PARTY
    6 MUSLIM LEAGUE KERALA STATE COMMITTEE
    7 PEACE PARTY
    8 RASHTRIYA JANATA DAL
    9 JANATA DAL (SECULAR)
    10 AMBEDKAR NATIONAL CONGRESS
    11 COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA
    12 INDIAN UNION MUSLIM LEAGUE
    13 NATIONAL LOKHIND PARTY
    14 NATIONALIST CONGRESS PARTY
    15 ALL INDIA MAJLIS-E-ITTEHADUL MUSLIMEEN
    16 BAHUJAN SHAKTY
    17 BHARATIYA REPUBLICAN PAKSHA
    18 BHARIPA BAHUJAN MAHASANGHA
    19 BIJU JANATA DAL
    20 COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA(MARXIST-LENINIST)(LIBERATION)
    21 GONDWANA MUKTI SENA
    22 LOK SATTA PARTY
    23 LOKTANTRIK SAMATA DAL
    24 MUSLIM MAJLIS UTTAR PRADESH
    25 NATIONAL LOKTANTRIK PARTY
    26 NELOPA(UNITED)
    27 PRAJA RAJYAM PARTY
    28 PYRAMID PARTY OF INDIA
    29 REPUBLICIAN PARTY OF INDIA EKTAWADI
    30 SHO**** SAMAJ DAL
    31 SUHELDEV BHARTIYA SAMAJ PARTY
    32 TELANGANA RASHTRA SAMITHI
    33 TRILINGA PRAJA PRAGATI PARTY

    Conclusion:

    Hope that Indian Muslims would understand that this election is about electing candidates for Lok Sabha to form central Government, and not local government; thus they have to ensure that the candidates they vote for should have vital role to play in forming next government in the centre and may not just going to win the election and sit in opposition or as idle member of parliament. Thus considering these facts, even some active and genuine candidates may need to loose Muslim Votes and unwanted candidates may need Muslimís support to empower Muslims community in central Government.
    Annexure
    State wise list of candidates in selected constituencies needing 100% Muslim vote

    Constituencies Name of Muslim Candidate Political Party / Independent

    Anshra Pradesh

    4-Nizamabad AARIS MOHAMMED INDEPENDENT
    5-Zahirabad SYED YOUSUF ALI TELANGANA RASHTRA SAMITHI
    6-Medak KHAJA QUAYUM ANWAR PRAJA RAJYAM PARTY
    7-Malkajgiri MD.MANSOORALI INDEPENDENT
    8-Secundrabad ABDUS SATTAR MUJAHED MUSLIM LEAGUE KERALA STATE COMMITTEE
    9-Hyderabad ASADUDDIN OWAISI ALL INDIA MAJLIS-E-ITTEHADUL MUSLIMEEN
    11-Mahbubnagar ABDUL KAREEM KHAJA MOHAMMAD LOK SATTA PARTY
    13-Nalgonda NAZEERUDDIN BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    17-Khammam SHAIK MADAR SAHEB TRILINGA PRAJA PRAGATI PARTY
    21-Visakhapatnam I.M.AHMED BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    29-Vijayawada SHAIK MASTAN INDEPENDENT
    30-Guntur SHAIK ZIA-UR-RAHMAN INDEPENDENT
    31-Narasaraopet S.G. MASTAN VALI PYRAMID PARTY OF INDIA
    34-Nandyal S.MOHAMMED ISMAIL BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    37-Hindupur P KHASIM KHAN INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    41-Rajampet SHAIK AMEEN PEERAN AMBEDKAR NATIONAL CONGRESS

    Assam

    2-Silchar BADRUDDIN AJMAL ASSAM UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT
    4-Dhubri ANWAR HUSSAIN INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    6-Barpeta ABDUL KADDUS SAMAJWADI PARTY
    7-Gauhati SONABOR ALI ASSAM UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT
    8-Mangaldoi BADIUJ ZAMAL ASSAM UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT
    9-Tezpur MD. NAZIR AHMED INDEPENDENT
    10-Nowgong SIRAJ UDDIN AJMAL ASSAM UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT
    11-Kaliabor SIRAJ UDDIN AJMAL ASSAM UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT
    13-Dibrugarh IMTIAZ HUSSAIN INDEPENDENT

    Bihar

    1-Valmiki Nagar MOHAMMAD SHAMIM AKHTAR INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    2-Paschim Champaran FAIYAZUL AZAM JANATA DAL (SECULAR)
    3-Purvi Champaran MD. MURTAZA ANSARI(DR. LAL) INDEPENDENT
    4-Sheohar MD. ANWARUL HAQUE BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    6-Madhubani DR SHAKEEL AHAMAD INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    7-Jhanjharpur FIROZ ALAM INDEPENDENT
    14-Darbhanga MD. ALI ASHRAF FATMI RASHTRIYA JANATA DAL
    18-Siwan HENA SHAHAB RASHTRIYA JANATA DAL
    20-Saran SALIM PERWEZ BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    32-Arrah SAIYAD GANIUDDIN HAIDER AMBEDKAR NATIONAL CONGRESS
    33-Buxar MOKARRAM HUSSAIN SUHELDEV BHARTIYA SAMAJ PARTY
    35-Karakat MD.SHAMIULLAH MANSOORI SHO**** SAMAJ DAL
    36-Jahanabad AYASHA KHATUN LOKTANTRIK SAMATA DAL
    37-Aurangabad SHAKIL AHMAD KHAN RASHTRIYA JANATA DAL
    39-Nawada MASIH UDDIN BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY

    J & Kashmir

    5-Udhampur ADREES AHMAD TABBASUM COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA
    6-Jammu HUSSAIN ALI BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY

    Karnataka

    8-Koppal ANSARI IQBAL JANATA DAL (SECULAR)
    19-Tumkur MOHAMED KHASIM INDEPENDENT
    23-Bangalore Rural MOHAMED HAFEEZ ULLAH BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    25-Bangalore central ZAMEER AHMED KHAN. B.Z JANATA DAL (SECULAR)
    26-Bangalore South NAHEEDA SALMA S BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY

    Kerela

    1-Kasaragod SHAHIDA KAMAL INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    3-Vadakara ADV.K. NOORUDHEEN MUSALIAR BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    4-Wayanad ADVOCATE. M. RAHMATHULLA COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA
    5-Kozhikode A.K. ABDUL NASAR BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    6-Malappuram E. AHAMED MUSLIM LEAGUE KERALA STATE COMMITTEE
    7-Ponnani E.T. MUHAMMED BASHEER MUSLIM LEAGUE KERALA STATE COMMITTEE
    8-Palakkad ABDUL RAZAK MOULAVI NATIONALIST CONGRESS PARTY
    11-Chalakudy MUTTAM ABDULLA BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    12-Ernakulam SHERIF MOHAMMED BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    18-Kollam R.ZAKIEER HUSSAIN INDEPENDENT
    19-Attingal SHAMSUDEEN INDEPENDENT
    20-Thiruvananthapuram U.NAHURMIRAN PEERU MOHAMMED INDEPENDENT

    Madhya Pradesh

    8-KHAJURAHO M. SHAKIL GONDWANA MUKTI SENA
    10-REWA MD. AKEEL KHAN (BACHCHA BHAI)INDEPENDENT
    13-JABALPUR AZIZ QURESHI BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    15-BALAGHAT ADVOCATE AZHAR UL ALIM INDEPENDENT
    16-CHHINDWARA ABDUL SHAMAD KHAN INDEPENDENT
    17-HOSHANGABAD HAJAEE SYID MUEEN UDDIN SAMAJWADI PARTY
    18-VIDISHA CHOUDHARY MUNABBAR SALIM SAMAJWADI PARTY
    19-BHOPAL MHOD. MUNAWAR KHAN KAUSAR SAMAJWADI PARTY

    Maharashtra

    3-Jalgaon SHAIKH MATIN AHMED SAGIR AHMED INDEPENDENT
    5-Buldhana QURRASHI SK.SIKANDAR SK. SHAUKAT DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PARTY
    6-Akola ATIK AHAMAD GU. JILANI DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PARTY
    8-Wardha PYARE SAHAB SHEIKH KARIM DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PARTY
    10-Nagpur MEHMOOD KHAN RAHEEM KHAN DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PARTY
    11-Bhandara - gondiya PATHAN MUSHTAK LATIF DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PARTY
    13-Chandrapur PATHAN A. RAZZAK KHAN HAYAT KHAN SAMAJWADI PARTY
    14-Yavatmal-Washim MANIYAR YUNUS MAHMOOD ZAHMI ASSAM UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT
    16-Nanded MD. MAKBUL SALIM HAJI MD. KHAJA BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    17-Parbhani AJIM AHMED KHAN AJIJ KHAN DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PARTY
    18-Jalna DR. DILAWAR MIRZA BAIG INDIAN UNION MUSLIM LEAGUE
    19-Aurangabad SAYYED SALIM SYYED YUSUF BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    32-Raigad BARRISTER A.R. ANTULAY INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    33-Maval PANSARE AZAM FAKEERBHAI NATIONALIST CONGRESS PARTY
    34-Pune BAGWAN JAVED KASIM INDIAN UNION MUSLIM LEAGUE
    37-Ahmadnagar KAZI SAJID MUJIR REPUBLICIAN PARTY OF INDIA EKTAWADI
    40-Osmanabad BABA FAIJODDIN SHAIKH NELOPA(UNITED)
    44-Sangli PATEL M.JAVED M. YUSUF BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    46-Ratnagiri SIRAJ ABDULLA KAUCHALI BHARIPA BAHUJAN MAHASANGHA
    47-Kolhapur MAHAMMADGOUS GULAB NADAF INDEPENDENT

    Manipur
    1-Inner manipur ABDUL RAHMAN INDEPENDENT

    Orissa

    1-Bargarh DR. HAMID HUSSAIN BIJU JANATA DAL
    3-Sambalpur MD. ALI HUSSAIN INDEPENDENT
    20-Berhampur ALI RAZA ZIADI INDEPENDENT

    Utter Pradesh

    33-Unnao RASHIDQAMAR Muslim League Kerala State Committee
    35-Lucknow DR.KHAN MOHMAD ATIF Muslim Majlis Uttar Pradesh
    37-Amethi MOHD.HASAN LAHARI BHARATIYA REPUBLICAN PAKSHA
    38-Sultanpur MOHD.TAHIR BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    54-Faizabad NUSRAT QUDDUSHI ALIAS BABLOO PEACE PARTY
    55-Ambedkar Nagar IFTEKHAR AHMAD INDEPENDENT
    57-Kaiserganj MOHD ALEEM INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    58-Shrawasti RIZVAN ZAHEER BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    59-Gonda ASHIQ ALI PEACE PARTY
    60-Domariyaganj MOHD. MUQUEEM BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    62-Sant kabir Nagar FAZLEY MAHAMOOD INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
    63-Maharajganj ABDWURRUF ANSARI NATIONAL LOKHIND PARTY
    64-Gorakhpur RAMHIT NISHAD INDEPENDENT
    65-Kushi Nagar MATIULLAH NATIONAL LOKHIND PARTY
    66-Deoria SAFAYAT ALI PEACE PARTY
    69-Azamgarh AKBAR AHMAD DUMPY BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    70-Ghosi ARSHAD JAMAL ANSARI SAMAJWADI PARTY
    71-Salempur IZHAR PEACE PARTY
    73-Jaunpur TASLEEM AHMED REHMANI INDEPENDENT
    75-Ghazipur AFZAL ANSARI BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    76-Chandauli SURAFARAJ AHMAD INDEPENDENT
    77-Varanasi MUKHTAR ANSARI BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    79-Mirzapur MOHD. SAGIR NATIONAL LOKTANTRIK PARTY

    West Bengal

    5-Raiganj SULEMAN HAFIJI Communist Party of India(Marxist-Leninist)(Liberation)
    7-Maldaha Uttar MAUSAM NOOR Indian National Congress
    8-Maldaha Dakshin ABU HASEM KHAN CHOUDHURY Indian National Congress

    Chattisgarh

    5-BILASPUR ABDUL HAMID SIDDIQUE INDEPENDENT
    6-RAJNANDGAON JALAL MOHAMMAD QURESHI INDEPENDENT
    8-RAIPUR JAFAR HUSSAIN, BABABHAI (PURVA MUTVALLI) INDEPENDENT

    Jharkhand

    5-Kodarma MANJOOR ALAM ANSARI INDEPENDENT
    6-Giridih MD. HIMAYUN ANSARI RASHTRIYA JANATA DAL
    7-Dhanbad HAFFIZUDDIN ANSARI SAMAJWADI PARTY
    8-Ranchi MD. SARFUDDIN BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY
    9-Jamshedpur MUBIN KHAN BAHUJAN SHAKTY
    14-Hazaribagh MD. MOINUDDIN AHMED INDEPENDENT

    Andaman & Nicobar Islands

    1-Andaman & nicobar islands SHRI. T. ALI INDEPENDENT

    Lakshadweep

    1-Lakshadweep MUHAMMED HAMDULLA SAYEED A.B INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Lakshadweep - is a 100 % muslim region. Thats why question does not arises of non muslim getting elected.

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Minorities in BJP Manifesto – part of serious policy or just paper?
    By Dr. Mookhi Amir Ali,

    A member of a minority community will want to pinch himself to see if he is not dreaming when he reads the part of the BJP manifesto titled Minority communities: Healthy diet of development.

    The manifesto deserves a very warm response from the minority communities especially Muslims.

    Why does it, then, fail to touch the heart chords of minorities? Can it be because this particular aspect of the manifesto has not been given due exposure? It is as if it was meant to be just on the paper. Of course, it will be too cynical to think that the drafters forgot to delete it. It puzzles one to notice that hardly any BJP leader has mentioned it in his speech. As a result, it has been hardly reported in newspapers or on TV channels.

    Minority policy as declared in the manifesto has a great potential to attract votes. It is a part of the manifesto, BJP should have broadcast it from the rooftops. It should have become the talk of the town. Nothing like that has happened. The only place I saw it mentioned is a Muslim website, which has enthusiastically welcomed it in these words: “If Hindutva agenda is kept apart, the party manifesto has offered more than any other secular party for the community, for a party that blames others for 'minority appeasement' this is quite strange.”
    Even Mahesh Jethmalani who has most uncharacteristically apologized for Gujarat 2002 riots does not refer to this benevolent agenda for minorities in BJP manifesto. Raj Nath Singh’s advocacy of Panthnirpekshata in preference to Dharmnirpekshata which he enunciated only the other day is hardly compatible with the genuine secularism versus pseudo-secularism which has been the party’s watchword. All this makes one wonder if this is really a well considered policy statement of the party. Is it really the outcome of brainstorming sessions of BJP think tank? Are all the wings of the Parivar in the loop on this? Do these paragraphs on minorities in BJP manifesto have the blessings of the RSS? Is the BJP serious about this caring agenda for minorities? Or is it a piece of prose commissioned from a talented writer? At least one high ranking VHP office-bearer till 15th of April 09 was unaware of it.

    Portion of the BJP Manifesto on minority communities (Editor):

    MINORITY COMMUNITIES
    HEALTHY DIET OF DEVELOPMENT

    The BJP repudiates the division of Indian society along communal lines which has been fostered by the Congress and the Left in pursuit of their vote-bank politics. Categorisation of communities as ‘minorities’ perpetuates notions of imagined discrimination and victimhood; it reinforces the perception of the ‘minority’ identity as separate from the national identity. The BJP remains committed to a common Indian identity that transcends community, caste and gender, with every Indian an equal participant in the building of a prosperous nation and an equal beneficiary of that prosperity. Pluralism is a sine qua non for any democracy and the BJP cherishes the diversity that is also the strength of Indian society and lends vibrancy to our national fabric. But pluralism should strengthen, not weaken our national resolve.

    It is an unfortunate fact that Muslims form a substantial part of the underprivileged. The principal reason for this is the fact that the Congress, a dominant presence in power for six decades, has secured minority support through the politics of fear rather than a healthy diet of development.

    The BJP will implement a set of policies committed to a massive expansion of modern education among Muslims, particularly for the girl child, through a new nationwide network of schools, in a public-private partnership programme. This will include, but not be limited to:

    Capital assistance in new educational projects, both for basic and technical education, in low-income minority areas. Each project will be vetted for viability by a team of professionals within a maximum of six months.

    Cash incentives for the education of the girl child, based on attendance and performance. Incentives will rise for those girls who get admission into recognised colleges for higher education.

    Computer centres will be set up in low income urban areas and the most backward districts of the country.

    The Ministry of Minority Affairs, today a stagnant source of toxic politics, will be revitalised into a hub for economic projects specifically targeted towards employment creation. There will be special emphasis on crafts and small-scale industries that have been traditional employers of minorities. The neglect of the Congress-led UPA Government was evident in the fact that even monies allotted for minority welfare programmes in States like Maharashtra were largely, if not wholly, unspent.

    Youth are the owners of the future, and it is our duty to make them a dynamic social and economic engine for upliftment. The young do not live only in cities. In districts like Murshidabad in Bengal, young girls are being forced by poverty into making bidis on pathetic wages. Dynamic intervention is needed to improve income levels where such jobs exist and to create fresh avenues of employment where they do not. The unfortunate phase of confused loyalties in some minority sections is over. Generations have been born in free India who are as committed to the nation as the nation is committed to them. The success stories of Muslims in sports, cinema, industry and a host of other fields, as individuals and team players, makes every Indian proud.

    Terrorism does not have a religion. Those who espouse terrorism have stepped outside the moral code of their religion into barbarism. We must lift community-relations from the morass of misunderstanding.

    A vibrant, modern India can have no place for either the perpetrators or the exploiters of fear.

    Religious Conversions

    The BJP will facilitate, under the auspices of noted religious leaders, the setting up of a permanent inter-faith consultative mechanism to promote harmony among and trust between communities. This mechanism will also be used for a sustained and sincere Inter-Faith Dialogue between leaders of the Hindu and Christian communities on all aspects of life, including the issue of religious conversions. The dialogue should be held in the spirit of the unanimous report of the Inter-Faith Dialogue on Conversions, which was organised at the Vatican in May 2006 by the Pontifical Council for Inter-Faith Dialogue and the World Council of Churches, Geneva.

    Link to BJP Manifesto

    http://www.bjp.org/content/view/2844/428/

    http://twocircles.net/2009apr17/mino...ust_paper.html

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    One Muslim candidate turns Muslims against Congress
    By Sanjay Sharma, IANS,

    Bhopal : In a state whose capital was once ruled by Muslim kings, the Congress has put up just one Muslim candidate in Madhya Pradesh and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) none. No wonder Muslims are unhappy.

    Community leaders say while they did not expect anything better from the BJP, it was disappointing that the Congress was increasingly ignoring the political aspirations of Muslims, who are four million strong in what was India's biggest state until Chhattisgarh was carved out of it in 2000.

    Madhya Pradesh has 29 Lok Sabha constituencies. But the only Muslim in the Congress list is former hockey star Aslam Sher Khan, who is contesting from Sagar constituency.

    "This is despite the fact that Muslims have the potential to win in several constituencies," said Congress leader Gufran-e-Azam, who in 1980 was elected to the Lok Sabha from Betul defeating BJP's Subhash Ahuja.

    "There are at least four constituencies - Indore, Khandwa, Betul and Mandsaur - where percentage of Muslim voters is above 30. But the Congress hasn't fielded a Muslim from these places," he said.

    Muslim activists alleged that the Congress has used Muslims as a "vote bank" without giving them opportunities to empower them politically. This, they say, is why Muslims are getting alienated from the party.

    The only other party to have fielded a Muslim in this election is the Samajwadi Party, whose Munawar Salim is contesting from Bhopal, which was once a princely state ruled by Muslim kings.

    In independent India's first general elections in 1952, Muslims won from Hoshangabad and Bhopal on Congress ticket. Syed Ahmad defeated socialist Harivishnu Kamath from Hoshangabad and Syedullah Razmi defeated Udhavdas Mehta of Hindu Mahasabha from Bhopal.

    In the 1957 and 1962 Lok Sabha elections, Memoona Sultan defeated Hindu Mahasabha candidates Haridayal Devgar and Om Prakash respectively in Bhopal. In 1977, Arif Beg contested on a Bharatiya Lok Dal ticket and created history by defeating Congress stalwart Shankar Dayal Sharma, who later became the president of India.

    Muslim candidates have contested from Betul seven times and won on four occasions.

    Gufran-e-Azam of Congress overcame Subhash Ahuja of BJP in 1980. In 1984 Aslam Sher Khan of Congress defeated former Madhya Pradesh chief secretary M.N. Buch of BJP.

    Again in 1989, Arif Beg, then in BJP, defeated Aslam Sher Khan in Betul, who avenged his defeat in 1991. After 1991, no Muslim has been able to win from Betul.

    Muslims have been victorious from Satna constituency at least twice. Gulsher Ahmad of Congress defeated Sukhendra Singh of Janata Party in 1980 and Aziz Qureshi of Congress worsted Brijendra Pathak of BJP in 1984.

    Even in the Madhya Pradesh assembly today, there is only Muslim member. Arif Aqeel was elected from Bhopal on Congress ticket in the 2008 assembly elections.

    Muslims say the picture began to change in Madhya Pradesh after communal divide deepened in the wake of the emotive campaign to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the site of the Babri mosque.

    "Neither the BJP nor the Congress has fielded Muslims after communal polarisation following the Ayodhya dispute. This has depressed the Muslim community," said eminent Urdu poet Rehbar Jaunpuri.

    Said another Urdu poet, Manzar Bhopali: "There is undoubtedly a sense of alienation among Muslims as they feel Congress has exploited them without giving ample representation."

    Madhya Pradesh Muslim Vikas Parishad president Mohammad Mihir added: "Muslims are not satisfied about their representation. The Congress didn't allow Muslim leadership to develop even in places like Indore and Jabalpur that have large Muslim populations. But the Congress isn't bothered."

    Political analyst Ishrat Patel said: "For Muslims there is no difference between the BJP and the Congress. If the former is against Muslims because of its ideology, the later has sidelined Muslims in a planned manner."

    As for the BJP, it is in no mood to field Muslim candidates. Its spokesman Uma Shankar Gupta said: "Ticket is given on the basis of winnability."

    (Sanjay Sharma can be contacted at sanjay.s@ians.in)

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    LS elections: Muslims vs Muslims in Bihar – BJP is smiling
    By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net,

    Is the BJP alliance this time going to win all Muslim-dominated Lok Sabha seats as well as those where Muslims though not dominant have been elected consecutively in Bihar? The possibility has been strengthened by none other than secular parties – particularly the UPA partners who are involved in infighting.

    In the second and third phase of Lok Sabha elections, fate of the Muslim-dominated and their winning seats in the state will be determined. Therefore, all political parties have set their eyes on the Muslims votes and the battle among RJD-LJP alliance, Congress and JD-U, the ‘secular’ partner of BJP alliance, for the Muslims votes has got intensified.

    Bihar has biggest number of Muslims in the country after UP and West Bengal. Muslim votes have been playing key role in several constituencies with some of them virtually earmarked for Muslims due to their high percentage in population. But Muslims have been lagging behind both in terms of their winning percentage and the number of seats allotted to them by different parties.

    Since Independence up to 14 Lok Sabha elections, Bihar has sent only 51 members from the Muslim community to the Parliament. The maximum number of Muslim MPs from Bihar was six in 1984 and 1991.

    It was a good move that around this elections Muslim bodies across the country have been more active about their problems than ever. Therefore, when the dates of elections were announced, Muslim leaders put their demands before the political parties. Their demands included more representation in Lok Sabha elections, provision for Muslim reservation and implementation of the recommendations made by the Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission. In Bihar also, apex Muslim organizations released a combined statement and repeated the demands.

    But unfortunately not a single party has given the community their due share in LS seats according to their population which is 16.53% according to the Census 2001. This exposed the real faces of those leaders who have been claiming to be well-wishers of Muslims.

    Worse, the LS constituencies where Muslim candidates were certain to win if Congress, RJD and LJP fielded their unanimous candidate, but both Congress and RJD-LJP alliance have put their separate Muslim candidates. This will lead to split in Muslim votes.

    Muslims constitute 67.58% of the population in Kishanganj which has been represented four times by sitting RJD MP Muhammad Taslimuddin. But this time Maulana Asrar ul Haq is also in the fray on Congress ticket. Both leaders are familiar in the area; therefore Muslims are confused about whom to vote for. Besides, Zubair Alam has been fielded by Bahujan Samaj Party. The situation can give an edge to Syed Mahmood Ashraf of ruling Janata Dal (United) if he succeeds getting majority of Hindu votes. The insincerity on the part of the Muslim community is evident from the fact that of 15 candidates for the seat, 10 are Muslims.

    In Katihar, Muslims are around 42.53 percent where Nationalist Congress Party has fielded its senior leader Mr. Tarique Anwar and LJP has given ticket to renowned face of the region Mr. Ahmad Ashfaq Kareem. Kareem is known for Katihar Medical College. The division of the Muslim votes will definitely benefit sitting BJP MP Mr. Nikhil Kumar Chaudhry. There are 16 candidates in the fray for the seat. Four of them are Muslims.

    Araria has 41.14 percent Muslims where LJP candidate Zakir Hussain Khan is taking on Congress candidate Dr Shakeel Ahmad Khan. This will directly help BJP candidate Pradeep Kumar Singh. In all there are 25 candidates in the fray. Of them eight are Muslims.

    Madhubani though with 17.94 Muslim population has more than one sent Muslim candidates to Lok Sabha. The sitting Congress MP Dr. Shakeel Ahmad and state president of RJD Abdul Bari Siddiquee are busy to attract Muslim votes. As both leaders have familiar personalities in politics Muslims are dividing into two groups and every group claims to be in strong position but this is a clear fact that the situation brought Hukumdeo Narayan Singh of BJP in the race. Now triangular contest will be seen while earlier Hukumdeo was nowhere in the scene because of his non interest of development work in the constituency. There are three Muslim candidates among 14 in total.

    Situation is almost same in Darbhanga. While Muslims constitute 22.73% of the population, the district has sent Muhammad Ali Ashraf Fatmi of RJD to the Lok Sabha. This time Congress has fielded its own candidate Ajay Kumar Jalan. This has brightened hope of Kirti Azad of BJP. Azad has fought several LS elections from here. Of 14 candidates in the fray for the seat, four are Muslims.

    This situation has worried common Muslims. The question is: who is responsible for that? After having a glance on political scenario from the beginning the answer one gets is: it is the result of selfishness of Congress, RJD and LJP leaders.

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    Muslim party-led alliance to take on Congress-DMK alliance in TN

    By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

    New Delhi: The Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), the political offshoot of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), has formed an alliance of three parties and decided to field candidates in 12 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Of these seats, MMK will be contesting on four.

    TMMK leader and MMK candidate from Mailaduthurai Lok Sabha seat, Prof M H Jawahirullah told TwoCircles.net that the alliance Social Democratic Front has been formed to give an alternative to the people in the state. The alliance is likely to bring out its manifesto in a day or two.

    About the major issues the alliance will be raising in campaigns across the state, Prof. Jawahirullah said their thrust would be on foreign policies of the UPA government. Departure from Non-Aligned Movement policies, pro-US attitude and no effective intervention in Sri Lankan issue will be raised in the campaigns.

    “The UPA betrayed with Muslims as Common Minimum Program of UPA which talked of strengthening traditional ties with West Asia was not implemented. They did not do much for Palestinians, rather they forged strategic alliance with Israel,” he said.

    About domestic issues he said Muslim reservation will top the list. “Congress and DMK promised in 2004 to provide separate reservation for Muslims in employment and education at national level. The Ranganath Mishra Commisison recommended about 15% reservation for minorities, of which 10% for Muslims. The UPA did not even table the report, let alone implementation of its recommendations,” he said.

    MMK will be contesting on four seats. TMMK general secretary S. Hyder Ali will contest from Central Chennai seat, Prof Jawahirullah from Mailaduthurai constituency, TMMK secretary E. Umar from Pollachi constituency and MMK Ramanathapuran district secretary S. Saleemullahkhan will be in the fray for Ramanathapuram Lok Sabha seat.

    Two other partners of the Social Democratic Front alliance are Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT) and Indian National League (INL). PT leader Dr K Krishnasamy will be contesting from the Tenkasi (reserved) constituency. The other two seats PT will contest from are Tuticorin and Virudhunagar.

    Prof. Jawahirullah is contesting from Mailaduthurai Lok Sabha constituency where Muslims are around 25-30%. He is pitted against veteran Congress leader and sitting MP Mani Shankar Aiyar. Aiyar has won the seat thrice.

    About local issues in his constituency, Prof. Jawahirullah said: Lack of water management due to which surplus river water is going into the sea while there is paucity of water for agricultural requirements, price rise of rice, no facility for people living in coastal area particularly fishermen, no industrial development, and no proper rail route are the major issues which he will be raising in his campaigns.

    Why do you think people should vote for you and your party? “People want a change. People are angry with the sitting MP. AIADMK candidate who failed in last election could not raise many public issues. We will bring a change where we will be able to provide people friendly services as a Member of Parliament,” Prof. Jawahirullah said.

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    India Muslims See Hope in Regional Parties
    By Mubasshir Ahmed, IOL Correspondent
    MUMBAI — Fed up of the alienating politics of the Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Congress, Muslims are seeing a glimmer of hope in the more reconciliatory regional parties, seen by experts as a potential threat to the traditional powers.
    "Congress and BJP are two sides of the same coin. We need a new coin," Ravish Zaidi, a political activist from the financial hub Mumbai, told IslamOnline.net.

    "For a change anything different would do."

    Coalitions of small regional parties have emerged on the political landscape lately, with the aim of ending the monopoly of the BJP and Congress.

    The Third Front, a coalition of ten regional parties from various ideological backgrounds united under the banner of offering a new political alternative, was launched in March at a massive rally in the southern state of Karnataka.
    The Fourth Front, another coalition of three regional parties, also came to surface earlier.

    For many Muslims, the rise of regional parties offers a chance to challenge the reign of the Congress and the ultra-Hindu BJP, whose politics have long alienated India's some 140 million Muslims.

    "I am fed of Congress and BJP," says Zaidi.

    Muslims also credit the pro-poor, pro-women and pro-minorities regional parties for reaching out to them, something they complain the main political parties never did.

    In Mumbai alone, the Third Front is fielding two Muslim candidates in the ongoing, month-long general elections, while the ruling Congress has none.

    "For sixty years, the Congress has exploited Muslim sentiments," Maulana Hameed Azhari, a Muslim scholar who campaigns for the Fourth Front, told IOL.

    "In this election, a major chunk of Muslim vote will move away from Congress and vote for smaller regional parties."

    A five-stage polling to elect a new Lok Sabha, the lower house of the parliament, began on April 16 and ends in mid-May.

    Threat

    Analysts believe the new regional alliances are the result of the national parties’ arrogant policies.
    "Third Front and Fourth Front are a phenomenon because of the Congress arrogance," M.J. Akbar, a veteran journalist and former lawmaker, told IOL.

    He explained that a few months ago the Congress, the main faction of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), refused to make any pre-poll fronts.

    "[This] paved the way for the formation of Third and Fourth Front."

    Analysts believe the new regional alliances pose a serious threat to both the Congress and the BJP in the parliamentary election.

    "Regional and potential Third Front partners are increasingly going independent," notes Ghulam Muhammed, a political analyst.

    "[They] are loath to give space for the two national parties to attain their high count of seats, to be able to lead any coalition."

    Akbar, once a spokesman for late premier Rajiv Gandhi, agrees.

    "The Third Front and the Fourth Front may not agree on much," he noted.

    "But… if they get together to patch a post-poll alliance, they will not accept a Congress Prime Minister."
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    Third, Fourth Front leaders' only personal ambition PM's chair: Sonia
    By IANS,

    Lalgola/Shamsi (West Bengal) : Describing the emergence of the Third Front and Fourth Front as the result of the personal ambitions of some leaders to become prime minister, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday said these formations were without issues and principles.

    "It is the latest fashion. Everybody wants to become prime minister," she mocked during her election rallies in West Bengal in support of her party's candidates.

    "You (some parties) talk of setting up the Third Front and the Fourth Front. What is the need for these Third and Fourth Fronts? It's only for the chair. For whom? To fulfil one's own interest," Gandhi said, addressing a public rally at Shamsi in Malda district in support of Congress candidate Mausam Benazir Noor.

    "There are no principles, no issues involved. The only aim is to grab power," she added.

    In contrast, Gandhi said neither she nor incumbent Manmohan Singh had any hankering for the top job.

    "Our only aim is to serve the poor, the tribals, and the backward," she said.

    Earlier, campaigning at Lalgola in Murshidabad district for External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Gandhi ridiculed the left for trying to cobble up a Third Front by adding small pieces.

    Doubting the political philosophy of leaders in the Third Front, she said: "Most of the people in this combination are sometimes on this side, and sometimes on the other, and their only target is the Prime Minister's chair."

    The country needs a strong, secular and stable government, which only the Congress could give, she said.

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Kerala awaits outcome of CPI-M's poll gamble
    By B.R.P. Bhaskar, IANS,

    One question nags political parties and pundits alike after the Lok Sabha elections in Kerala: Will the Communist Party of India-Marxist's gamble pay off or will the communal chickens come home to roost?

    All 20 constituencies of the state went to the polls on April 16. Since counting of votes will take place only on May 16, there is an agonizing wait of a month before the voting machines yield their secret.

    Elections in the state are essentially trials of strength between the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front and the Congress-led United Democratic Front. In the assembly elections, the people vote the two fronts to power alternately.

    While in the panchayat polls, the LDF has an edge over the UDF, in the Lok Sabha elections, the UDF generally fared better than the LDF until 2004, when the LDF bagged 18 of the 20 seats. The Indian Federal Democratic Party, a partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, got one seat. The lone UDF seat went to the Indian Union Muslim League. For the first time, the Congress drew a blank.

    The popular explanation for the LDF landslide of 2004 is that the people turned away from the UDF, disgusted by the prolonged group war in the Congress and the cynical poll-eve patch-up. The pendulum swung so widely that the UDF was almost wiped out.

    Several Muslim groups, unhappy over the League's soft response to the demolition of Babri Masjid, backed the LDF in 2004 and in the assembly elections of 2006. The lesson the CPI-M drew from these elections was that Muslim support can make a difference to its fortune.

    The Kerala party, which has to alternate in power with the Congress-led alliance, envies the record of the West Bengal party, which has been in office continuously for three decades. For some years, it has been looking out for new partners who can help it achieve the dream of unbroken run of power.

    When former chief minister K. Karunakaran walked out of the Congress with his followers, state party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan was ready to welcome him into the LDF. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan set his face against it. As the national leadership sided with him, Vijayan's plan fell through.

    Before the Lok Sabha elections, Pinarayi Vijayan identified People's Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Abdul Naser Mahdani as a partner who can help boost the LDF's prospects. A fiery orator, Mahdani shot into prominence in the 1990s with a virulent campaign on the Babri Masjid issue. He was arrested in connection with a series of bomb blasts in Coimbatore shortly before a visit by BJP leader L.K. Advani in 1998, and remained in jail without bail or parole for more than nine years. On acquittal in 2007, he emerged with a martyr's halo.

    Vijayan struck a deal with Mahdani under which the PDP extended support to the LDF in 19 constituencies in exchange for its adopting a candidate of his choice in Ponnani. Achuthanandan set his face against this deal, too, but this time the national leadership sided with Vijayan.

    General secretary Prakash Karat apparently endorsed Pinarayi Vijayan's electoral scheme with a view to maximizing the number of seats the party can win in Kerala.

    Of the party's 43 seats in the outgoing Lok Sabha, 40 came from its strongholds of West Bengal (26 out of a total of 42), Kerala (12 out of 20) and Tripura (2 out of 2). Local tie-ups brought in three seats -- two from Tamil Nadu and one from Andhra Pradesh.

    Since Singur and Nandigram were sure to hurt the party's prospects in West Bengal, it wanted to retain the gains of 2004 in Kerala at all costs. Playing on Muslim sentiments a la Abdul Naser Mahdani appeared to offer the best chance in this regard. To maintain secular balance, the party brought on to its platform Janapaksham, a BJP splinter group, also.

    The PDP deal ran counter to the CPI-M's proclaimed policy of not having any truck with communal parties, which was never pursued strictly anyway. A breakaway faction of the predominantly Christian outfit, the Kerala Congress, is a constituent of the LDF. The Indian National League, a splinter of the Muslim League, enjoys the benefits of LDF membership without being a constituent.

    Muslims constitute 25 percent of Kerala's population and Christians 19 percent. The common perception that Communists are anti-religion has limited the party's appeal among both groups. The piggy-back ride may have helped the LDF to gain Muslim votes but it may have come with a high price tag.

    The CPI-M took away two seats of its alliance partners to put through its electoral strategy. The CPI, which resented the gifting of its Ponnani seat to Mahdani's nominee, was pacified by offering it Wayanad instead. The Janata Dal-Secular, which was left with no seat after the CPI-M set up its own candidate in Kozhikode, vent its anger by working against the LDF.

    Analysts are certain to scrutinize the poll results closely to see how the Hindu majority, from which the CPI-M draws the bulk of its support, has responded to the party's pampering of the PDP.

    (B.R.P. Bhaskar can be contacted at brpbhaskar@gmail.com)

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    Mulayam Singh will become PM: Kalyan Singh
    Wed, Apr 29 10:04 PM
    Agra, April 29 (IANS) Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, who has joined hands with the Samajwadi Party, Wednesday said that Mulayam Singh Yadav has all chances of becoming the prime minister, and ridiculed Chief Minister Mayawati's ambition for the top job.

    Kalyan Singh, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rebel who is contesting as an Independent candidate, addressed a rally in a village near Fatehabad, some 20 km from here, and said Mayawati was 'like Mungeri Lal (an old comical TV character) and was dreaming of becoming the country's PM'.

    He alleged that Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had given tickets to numerous anti-social elements and asserted that it was the Samajwadi Party chief who would go on to become prime minister.

    'Mulayam Singh Yadav will become the prime minister...,' said Kalyan Singh, who is contesting from Etah constituency.

    He also criticised the Brahmin leaders supporting Mayawati.

    Kalyan Singh was accompanied by Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh, Manoj Tiwari and actor-turned politician Sanjay Dutt. He was campaigning for party candidate Raghuraj Shakya pitted against the Congress party's Raj Babbar in Fatehpur Sikri.

    Sanjay Dutt obliged and entertained audiences with popular dialogues from his films.

    Indo Asian News Service

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    Crorepati candidates for queen of the have-nots
    Mon, 27 Apr 2009
    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidates in Mumbai have one thing in common ‚ÄĒ all of them are worth over Rs 1 crore. Dalit leader Maywati's party has fielded businessman Mohammad Ali in Mumbai South, builder Ebrahim Shaikh in Mumbai North Central, BPO owner Lakmendra Khurana in Mumbai North, travel operator Atahar Siddhique in Mumbai North West, cricket administrator Pravin Barve in Mumbai South Central and businessman Ashok Singh in Mumbai North East.

    The BSP said this was part of their strategy. 'It was a deliberate decision to field crorepati candidates as money power dominates elections,' said Vilas Garud, BSP's state chief. Rich candidates, he said, could take on the might of other parties. 'For years, we fielded poor candidates, but they were steamrolled by the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party,' he said.

    Khurana has clients in the US and UK. Ali, popularly known as 'king of the docks' has a transport business, while Shaikh has a host of businesses like construction. Barve is a trustee of the elite Middle Income Group club. Political analysts said money has indeed become very important.

    'Elections have become commercialised; it's virtually impossible for a clean candidate without money to compete seriously,' said Venkatesh Kumar, political scientist at Mumbai University. The Lok Satta Party, a citizens' group turned political party, pulled out of the poll fray as it was unable to gather funds.

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    Disillusioned with Left, voters look for other options in Bengal
    Wed, 29 Apr 2009
    If Muslims in Bihar are giving jitters to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, then things are no better for the Left Front in adjoining West Bengal. Muslims constitute 26 per cent of the population in the state and their votes are crucial for the Left Front to keep its Third Front ambitions afloat.

    But this will be no easy task since Muslim have started looking at other options. Samsul Haque, a marginal farmer from Muktabita panchayat in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district, was a die-hard comrade till a year back. No more, though. Haque hasn't joined any party, but his separation with the CPI(M) is complete.

    Haque's is not an isolated case. Just before the panchayat elections last year, at least 200 others in this panchayat deserted the party they had unwaveringly voted for the last three decades. This shift of the Muslim vote was one of the reasons for the Left's defeat in North Dinajpur district in the panchayat elections.

    Travelling across this part of rural West Bengal, adjoining Bihar, one comes across several such Muslim faces who have deserted the CPI(M) to join the Congress or are have quit active politics disillusioned with the Left Front Government in the state.

    Cracks in the Left's Muslim support base seems to have caught up across the state and not is limited to south Bengal where the brunt of Buddhadev Bhattacharjee's land-for-industries drive was borne mostly by small farmers from the minority community.

    So why are the Muslims angry with the Left?

    'Like loyal soldiers we voted for the CPI(M) for years, but got nothing in return. When it comes to giving jobs we see that preference is given to non-Muslims. We constitute some 80 per cent of the population in the region but are still not preferred,' points out Haque, whose children have migrated to Delhi and Punjab to earn their livelihood.

    Taslim Ali and others of Kahania village under Nizampur Anchal claims the CPI(M) has long shed its pro-poor character. 'How many of the prominent Left leaders are from the Muslim community? I was a committed worker of the party since 1978, but people who joined the party later went up while I remained neglected,' complains Mohammad Alimuddin who quit the CPI(M) to work for the Congress.

    In Chakulia market, an outraged Motiur Ali, a local trader, was seen abusing the CPI(M) for exploiting poor Muslims. He claims the local police refused to register a theft case since he named a local CPI(M) leader. 'The CPI(M) is taking us for granted. We will not keep silent,' shouts an angry Ali, as local CPI(M) leaders try hard to silence him.

    The region falls under the constituency of Raiganj, represented by ailing Congress heavyweight Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi. His wife Deepa Dasmunshi, an MLA, is trying to retain the seat for the Congress, banking heavily on this Muslim anger against the ruling Left Front.

    However, it is not proving to be easy for the actress-turned-politician, primarily because of the presence of a potential spoiler in Karim Choudhury. The TMC rebel and a six-time MLA from Islampur is the only prominent Muslim face in the fray. The CPI(M) has fielded district secretary Bireshwar Lahiri, who hopes to secure the seat for the party as the Congress and TMC rebel clash for Muslim votes. The red brigade is also banking on the unity of the four Left parties, the lack of which had done them in during the panchayat polls.

    But, there is a twist in the tale. Nitish Kumar's JD(U) is contesting this Muslim dominated seat for the first time and its candidate Motiur Rehman has a powerful slogan: 'In just three-and-half years Nitish Kumar has given to the Muslims what the Left could not provide in 30 years.' The slogan is attracting the Muslims who openly laud Kumar's efforts in nearby Bihar, where many have their relatives.

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    Sonia raj gives foreign kin relief, me jail: Modi
    Wed, 29 Apr 2009
    A day after the Supreme Court ordered a probe against his role in the 2002 post-Godhra riots, Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in his first public response to the order, accused the Congress of hatching a conspiracy to put him behind bars.

    Addressing a rally in Anand on the last day of campaigning on Tuesday, a belligerent Modi went so far as to hint that the Congress may have influenced the SC order.

    The apex court, in response to a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of slain former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, on Monday asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the role of Modi and 62 others in the 2002 communal carnage.

    Stating that he had taken a 'serious' note of the order, Modi said, 'Once again the Supreme Court has remembered me. You tell me what should I do? Fifteen days ago, Kapil Sibal, a Congress leader and minister in the UPA government and a senior advocate, had said that Modi should be prepared to go to jail. And exactly 15 days later, the SC has tightened the noose on me. What does it mean? Has the Congress party conspired against me? This is the question coming to my mind.'

    'On the one hand a foreign relative of Sonia (Gandhi), Quattrocchi, has been given a clean chit by the CBI. Everybody knows who controls the CBI. On the other hand, a conspiracy is hatched to send me, the son of soil, to jail,' he added.

    Modi also said he was not afraid of going behind bars for the people of the land. 'In spite of all this, I will not stop my fight against terrorism. Delhi can keep me in any jail but nobody will be able to stop me.'

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    The BJP Dreamland
    by Jean DrŤze, 28 April 2009
    “No nation can chart out its domestic or foreign policies unless it has a clear understanding about itself, its history, its strengths and failings.” Jawaharlal Nehru could not have put it better. The author of this noble statement, however, is none other than Murli Manohar Joshi, in his preamble to the manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), signed by him as Chairman of the Manifesto Committee.

    Ironically, this statement is at odds with the preamble itself, which peddles a series of myths (of the “India Shining” variety) about Indian history and civilization. According to this preamble, India used to be “a land of great wealth and even greater wisdom”. It was not only the most fertile land but also far ahead of other countries “in the technical and educational fields”, with “a well organized health care system” as early as 400 AD. Even “plastic surgery” has been “practiced for centuries” in India according to Mr. Joshi. These achievements had their roots in the “Bharatiya or Hindu world view” of ancient sages and Vedic Rishis.

    Interestingly, the evidence given for these feats does not consist of Indian historical records. Instead, Mr. Joshi invokes scattered testimonies of foreign travellers, including some rather unreliable ones such as Megasthenes, whose account of India was embellished with stories of dog-headed giants and other fantastic creatures. The testimonies are highly selective, and, in some cases, grossly distorted. A few illustrations may help.

    Mr. Joshi describes pre-colonial India as a “land of abundance”, with an “economy as flourishing as its agriculture”. Hunger and famines, in his perception, were obviously unknown in that period. But the fact is that famines have a long history in India. They are mentioned in the Jatakas, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Arthasashtra, and Manu’s Dharmashastra, among other ancient texts. As historian Romila Thapar notes: “Famine was common and is mentioned in Indian texts. We do not have to go looking for certificates of merit from foreign visitors.”

    In a similar vein, Mr. Joshi states that Gandhi was “absolutely right in saying that India was more illiterate in 1931 [than] in 1870”. The fact, however, is that Gandhi was wrong on this. We know that from Census data. Perhaps Mr. Joshi considers Gandhi as a more authoritative source than the Census. But Gandhi, for all his wisdom, was not infallible, and this is not the only occasion when he was carried away. Elsewhere he touchingly described “the Indian shepherd” as “a finely built man of Herculean constitution”, at a time when the vast majority of the Indian population was wasted and stunted, with a life expectancy of less than 30 years. His hasty comment on literacy belongs to the same genre – wishful thinking.

    The most insidious part of the BJP Manifesto’s preamble is a fake quote attributed to Thomas Babington Macaulay. According to Mr. Joshi: “India’s prosperity, its talents and the state of its high moral society can be best understood by what Thomas Babington Macaulay stated in his speech of February 02, 1835, in the British Parliament. ‘I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such high caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage…”

    This “quote” (abridged here) is a wonderful prop for Mr. Joshi’s arguments. But there is a catch – Macaulay never said this. The quote is a well-known fabrication, which has been the subject of many comments and articles. This does not prevent it from being publicized on numerous Hindutva websites. On a dissenting note, one of these websites (www.dandavats.com, dedicated to the cause of ISKCON) advises against using this quote, as it “has a bad reputation amongst scholars of Indology who generally ridicule it”. Mr. Joshi is evidently not among these “scholars of Indology”, despite his emphasis on the need for the nation to “understand itself”. Incidentally, Macaulay was in India on 2 February 1835, making it rather unlikely that he would have addressed the British Parliament that day.

    Hopefully, these examples suffice to show that the BJP Manifesto’s preamble is an exercise in obfuscation. As it happens, large portions of this preamble were posted the same day on Wikipedia, in the entry on “Indian culture”. Perhaps a well-wisher thought that inserting this gem in Wikipedia would add credibility to Mr. Joshi’s propaganda. Be that as it may, this entire portion of the “Indian culture” entry was removed from the Wikipedia website a few days later.

    Behind this fairy tale are useful insights into the psychology of Hindutva leaders and the political strategy of the BJP. The dominant theme of Mr. Joshi’s preamble is the hurt pride of the higher castes (or “of India” as he calls it). Humiliated by foreign dominance in so many fields today, their coping strategy is to claim that “we were actually ahead all along”. Their agenda is to restore India’s lost glory as they perceive it. This lost glory is nothing but the traditional, exploitative social order dominated by them. Over the centuries, this domination has been achieved partly through force, and partly through deception. The BJP Manifesto’s preamble continues this tradition of “deceive and rule”.

    [A different version of the above paper under the title "Interpretation of Dreams" appeared in The Times of India, 28 April 2009]
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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Muslims as unpredictable as other voters
    By Khalid Akhter,IANS,

    New Delhi : With each election, Muslims in India are getting as unpredictable as the others and vote depending on local conditions. And most of them prefer a secular party, a study shows.

    Several parties, including the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, are desperately wooing Muslims in the ongoing Lok Sabha poll, which is expected to produce a badly hung parliament.

    Surprisingly, as many as 25 percent of Muslim voters in Karnataka chose the BJP in the 2004 election although it is identified as pro-Hindu, says the study, conducted by the Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).

    Based on a survey of over 27,000 Muslims, the study said that Left parties and the BJP averaged seven percent of the Muslim vote each.

    Sanjeer Alam, who carried out part of the survey, told IANS: "In all 53 percent of Muslims (voted in 2004). Some 37 percent preferred the Congress. Along with its allies, it got 53 percent."

    The study noted that Muslims, the country's largest minority, voted for all major political parties.

    "Muslims vote for different parties depending on regional conditions and local aspirations," Shireen Moosvi, professor of Indian history at the Aligarh Muslim University, told IANS.

    "I don't think Muslims ever voted en bloc for one single party in India," she said. "Muslims don't even form a particular class. Aspirations of a lower class Muslim are different from an upper class in the same city, and they vote accordingly."

    Moosvi also said that though Muslims largely preferred secular parties, they have factored local conditions and rooted for BJP candidates in some areas.

    Young Muslims are clear about their aspirations. They want job security, development and safety.

    Sadia Khan, 21, who studies at New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia university, feels that economic stability and safety were her prime concerns. "Any Muslim is first an Indian and like every other Indian, development and economic stability is my foremost concern.

    "After the Gujarat riots, I would not vote for a party like the BJP which has leaders like Narendra Modi. So, safety is another priority," Khan told IANS.

    Ubaid-ur-Rehman, 29, a PhD scholar in Jamia Millia Islamia, said there was no difference between political parties playing divisive agenda in India and the Taliban.

    "The BJP has not dropped its agenda of divisive politics. They are no different from the Taliban. It's better to keep such parties out of power," he said.

    Muslims also challenge the popular perception that clerics determine whom the community should vote for.

    "We don't issue any 'fatwa' telling them whom to vote for," Maulana Khaleeq Ahmad Madrasi, pro-vice chancellor of Darul Uloom seminary in Deoband town of Uttar Pradesh, told IANS.

    Historian Irfan Habib too feels that local conditions rather than the injunctions of clerics influence the voting decision. "Muslims are not influenced by clerics. Several factors, especially regional conditions, play a major role," Habib told IANS.

    But Muslims complain that they have not been given their due by any ruling party.

    Businessman Shahid Ahmad said: "The political parties that have been in power have done little for the community. They are responsible for the pitiable conditions of the community. There is very little representation of the community in the legislature or bureaucracy."

    The 38-year-old Ahmad asked: "With such a track record of our political parties, tell me whom I should vote for?"

    http://twocircles.net/2009may05/musl...er_voters.html

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Congress, SP and BSP have always deceived Muslims: Modi

    By IANS,

    Lucknow : The Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) may project themselves as "custodians of Muslim rights" but had always deceived the community they saw as a vote bank, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said Monday and termed Manmohan Singh a "weak prime minister".

    "Congress, SP and BSP have always deceived Muslims. After exploiting Muslims, the parties kick them like a football," Modi said at an election rally in Aligarh district,

    about 300 km from here.

    Accusing the Congress of appeasing Muslims to get political mileage, Modi said: "The Sachar committee (set up to look into the social, economic and educational status of Muslims) was constituted by the Congress-led central government only to misguide Muslims."

    The chief minister, who has often been asked to apologise for the 2002 Gujarat riots, said the condition of Muslims in Gujarat was better than that in other states.

    Terming Manmohan Singh a weak prime minister, Modi criticised him for not taking any action over the atrocities committed on Sikh community in Pakistan, being targeted by Taliban militants in the restive tribal areas.

    "I want to know what action our PM has taken in this regard?" he asked.

    Only three members of the Gandhi family - Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi - had been describing Manmohan Singh as a strong and successful PM, while the fact was he had failed to deliver his responsibilities, Modi said.

    He also accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of not taking any concrete steps to counter the illegal cross border migration from Bangladesh.

    Blaming BSP and SP for backwardness in Uttar Pradesh, Modi said: "Earlier, criminals used to ride bicycles (election symbol of the SP) and now they are riding the elephant (election symbol of the BSP) and creating obstructions in the development of the state."

    http://twocircles.net/2009may04/cong...lims_modi.html

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Sachar Committee was UPA's divisive politics: Rajnath

    By IANS,

    Ghaziabad : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh Monday attacked the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government saying it had tried to divide Hindus and Muslims by constituting the Sachar Committee for counting their numbers.

    "The UPA government initiated a head count (of the Muslims) in country, including in delicate and most sensitive defence forces, on the basis of religion, which was extremely dangerous to the country," Rajnath said at a function organised by Ghaziabad Bar Association at Raj Nagar here.

    Singh is the BJP candidate from the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha constituency.

    "While appeasement of Muslims is said to be 'secular', anything uttered in the national interest that relates to any Muslim is termed as 'communal'," Singh said.

    "I will happily accept to be termed as communal for any harsh decision that would be taken in the interest of the country," he said.

    Rajnath said that the UPA abolished the Prevention of Terrorism Act, claiming that it would be used as a weapon against the Muslims. "Terrorism has no religion, no sect. Not all Muslims of the country are terrorists," he said.

    http://twocircles.net/2009may04/sach...s_rajnath.html

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Who will get to rule India? No one knows
    By M.R. Narayan Swamy,IANS,

    New Delhi : With more than half of India having voted, political players have begun to hunt seriously for new allies as they anticipate one of the most splintered parliaments ever.

    Almost everyone admits that no single political party is in a position to win even 170 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha. This is far less than the 272 needed to form a government.

    Even the coalitions led by the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - the two main parties - may not be able to get the magic number.

    The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has cracked, with several smaller parties deserting it for greener pastures.

    The BJP suffered a major blow when Orissa's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) divorced it without warning. There are rumblings that the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which rules Bihar, is uncomfortable vis-�-vis the BJP.

    Naturally, both Congress and BJP strategists are worried though their leaders claim publicly that no government can be formed minus one of them.

    Undermining their efforts is the Third Front, a combination of regional and Communist parties. Left veterans claim their alliance can outrace both the Congress and the BJP.

    There are not many takers for this. But political pundits concede that the Third Front will be a key player once the staggered elections conclude May 13, with vote count set for May 16.

    The Congress and BJP have another headache in the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which is expected to win a large number of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state that it rules.

    BSP leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is unlikely to extend her support to anyone - without extracting a heavy price.

    There is speculation that any coalition that seeks her support will have to grant her the country's top post or at least make her a deputy prime minister.

    Government formation is certain to get delayed if neither of the two main coalitions gets a majority.

    In such an event, the Congress and the BJP - whichever is the single largest party in parliament - will be forced to shake hands with some of the parties they are now pitted against.

    Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi gave some indication of this Tuesday when he tried to woo not just the estranged Left but also two anti-Congress parties - the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the JD-U.

    The Communists, who withdrew support to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July last year over the India-US nuclear deal, are refusing to make up.

    But in a largely ideology-sans election, where personalities appear to have overshadowed issues, it may not be too difficult for some parties to jump into any bed - for power.

    A splintered verdict is bound to give enormous clout to parties with even single-digit number of MPs, even as low as one or two.

    The 2004 elections too produced a badly hung Lok Sabha, but the circumstances were not the same.

    The Congress, which finished on top of the house with 145 seats, formed the government with help from several smaller parties. The Left then provided the glue.

    Knowing the compromises that may follow if the Congress forms a government now, Rahul Gandhi has ruled out any negotiations over Manmohan Singh as the prime minister.

    As if to take a swipe at the Congress, some of its own allies are suggesting that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar could make a better prime minister in a coalition government.

    Manmohan Singh or Pawar, one thing is clear: no one knows who will get to rule India.

    http://twocircles.net/2009may05/who_...one_knows.html

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Please - all Rahul reaches out to Left, JD-U and TDP
    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Opening the door to multiple choices after the elections, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Tuesday made overtures to the Left and also reached out to key NDA ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Third Front partner Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

    Addressing a press conference, Rahul Gandhi at the outset declared that the Congress would form the next government and reiterated that Manmohan Singh would be the UPA's prime ministerial candidate post Election 2009. But he also said the field was open for post-poll alliances.

    "We will do better than last time. And I am confident that the Left will support Manmohan Singh," he announced on the last day of campaigning for Thursday's fourth leg of the Lok Sabha elections.

    He also added that the Congress too would support the Left if such a scenario were to unfold.

    "We will consider that if the Left gets 180-190 MPs. We will consider them. I hope they are able to achieve that. If they do, I will be first person to say let us support Left," Rahul Gandhi said in an apparently sarcastic note.

    He also spoke on the ideological differences with the Left but said the two also agreed on "a lot of concepts".

    "I will speak personally. I do say that the Left has old ideas. Left's views towards something like the nuclear deal is 20-30 years old. On a lot of counts they have to accept that the world has changed and slowly they will be forced to accept that. We feel that there are ideological differences between Congress and the Left."

    The Left parties were quick to dismiss his claim of getting their support as "misplaced confidence" and an indication that the Congress party was unsure of getting the numbers to form a government.

    "The Congress general secretary's confidence is misplaced because we will prefer to have a non-Congress, non-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) government and we are confident that a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance will come to power," said Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MP Brinda Karat

    Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary A.B. Bardhan reacted similarly: "I don't think the Left will oblige them (Congress) this time. They are nervous about it (the election results)."

    Rahul Gandhi also made overtures towards the JD-U and the TDP.

    "Chandrababu Naidu did a reasonably good job (as the Andhra Pradesh chief minister). He focussed on Hyderabad, he went on the wrong bend perhaps, but I respect him," he said.

    "I am not saying that only Congress has leaders (who have done good work), there are leaders in the opposition.... Nitish (Kumar), for example," he said, praising the Bihar chief minister.

    "After elections, all options are open. NDA partners are looking at where is NDA. It exists only in the mind of the BJP. NDA does not exist on the ground. It is gone," he said.

    On the BJP campaign against black money, Rahul Gandhi said he agreed and suggested that all parties work together to get back the money stashed in foreign banks.

    "I agree with (BJP prime ministerial candidate L.K.) Advani on the money in Swiss banks. It (black money) has been there for 60 years. Why don't we work together to get the money back? Why such ridiculous questions of how much money is there. We agree with the problem," he said.

    Advani has made black money a major election issue and unveiled a 100-day plan to bring back the money hoarded in Switzerland and 70 other tax havens. According to the BJP, over Rs.70 trillion has been stashed abroad by various individuals.

    http://twocircles.net/2009may05/plea...u_and_tdp.html

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Muslims to need to be a political force: Bukhari
    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Saying he had voted against the Congress for letting down Muslims, prominent Islamic cleric Syed Ahmad Bukhari Thursday said it was time India's largest minority became a political force.

    "For 60 years political parties have made promises to Muslims. We have voted for different parties who claim to be secular but we have been neglected. Now Muslims need to emerge as a political force," Bukhari told IANS.

    The Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, the 17th century mosque in the capital's Old City, Bukhari said he did not make any appeal to Muslims on who to vote in the Lok Sabha election because "they need to decide on their own who is best for them".

    But he added that Muslims should vote in large numbers "because it is the biggest asset in a democracy".

    Bukhari complained that the Congress government in Delhi had failed to register a police complaint over the killing two young Muslim men alleged to be terrorists at the Batla House in the city's Jamia Nagar area.

    The controversial September 2008 killings, which also left a police officer dead, sparked allegations that the young men were killed in cold blood though they were innocent. The authorities have denied this.

    For this reason alone, he said, he voted against the Congress candidate in the Chandni Chowk constituency -- where he lives.

    The constituency is located far away from Jamia Nagar, a Muslim dominated area in the vicinity of the Jamia Millia Islamia University.

    Bukhari said he had voted for "a secular candidate" since he was opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on account of what he described as its communal politics.

    http://twocircles.net/2009may07/musl...e_bukhari.html

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Congress has ditched Muslims: Bukhari
    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Head cleric of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmad Bukhari Thursday said that he had voted against the Congress as the party had "ditched" the muslims and kept the community "in dark" for the past 60 years.

    "The Congress had promised me that an FIR (first information report) will be lodged in the Batla House case in return for supporting the Congress candidate. But no FIR has been lodged, the community has been ditched. I have voted. I have voted for a secular candidate against Congress since I cannot vote for the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). The Congress and other parties have just used the Muslims," Bukhari told IANS.

    Two alleged terrorists and a police office were killed in the controversial Batla House gunbattle Sept 19, 2008. Demands for a judicial enquiry have been reiterated time and again by activists and different organisations.

    Asked who he would appeal for the muslims to vote for, the Shahi Imam said: "I have not made any appeal whom muslims should vote for. Muslims have to decide on their own who is best for them. I will appeal to all muslims to come out and vote because it is the biggest asset to fight in democracy."

    "For last sixty years political parties have just made promises to the community. We have voted for different parties who have claimed themselves to be secular but in return we have got just negligence. Now, to get their due Muslims need to emerge as a political force," he said.

    http://twocircles.net/2009may07/cong...s_bukhari.html

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    Re: Observation Report about Muslims in Lok Sabha Election 2009 - India

    Kasab, 2 others plead not guilty to all charges in Mumbai terror attack

    By NNN-PTI,

    Mumbai : Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani gunman facing trial in the Mumbai terror attack, Wednesday pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him including waging war against India which attracts death penalty.

    "Yeh sab galat hai, mujhe kabool nahin hai" (these charges are wrong, not acceptable to me), Kasab said in his plea, adding he wanted to face the trial after a special court framed a string of charges against him.

    Kasab's two co-accused --Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed--also pleaded not guilty to the charges and said they too would like to face trial. Kasab was one of the 10 suspected LeT operatives behind the three-day carnage.

    Kasab would be tried for the murder of 166 persons who fell to the bullets in the strike on Nov 26 last. Although he killed 72 persons, he will be tried for all the murders as the court framed conspiracy charges against him.

    Judge M L Tahaliyani explained all the 86 charges framed against the accused in Hindi, laced with Urdu words such as Sajish (conspiracy), Aarop (accusation) and Jung(war).

    The charges include waging war against nation, murder, attempt to murder, conspiracy, damaging railway property, entering India without valid passport, carrying arms and RDX, planting bombs and firing at various places in Mumbai.

    All the accused were asked to stand up in the dock and hear the charges.

    When Kasab who looked relaxed was asked his age, he promptly replied 21. Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam immediately said "the cat is out of the bag" in the context of the defence plea that he was only 18 and a juvenile which would have meant lighter penalties.

    Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said he saluted the patriotic spirit of Muslim body Islam Gymkhana for deciding to terminate the services of Abbas Kazmi as its trustee for defending Mumbai attacks terrorist Ajmal Kasab.

    "Accepting Kasab's brief is like being the devil's advocate and is against the tenets of Islam. We call such Islam a national religion and salute it," Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

    "If all Muslims behave and live in this manner, no quarrel remains," he said, commenting on the Gymkhana's decision to terminate Kazmi's appointment as a trustee for "agreeing to defend the most dreaded terrorist".

    Ridiculing Kasab's wish that he wants to move around in jail for a breath of fresh air, Thackeray said "those killed by Kasab also wanted to inhale fresh air. The people he killed were Hindus and poor Muslims." Islam Gymkhana has set an ideal and has displayed nationalism, he said.

    Had the Muslim community gone that way earlier, the picture of India would have been different, he said.

    "In this country, Hindus do not have the protection of those in power that Muslims enjoy," the Sena chief said.

    http://twocircles.net/2009may07/kasa...or_attack.html


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