Consider the welfare schemes for Muslims by the Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath governments, leave behind 70 years of ‘bonded slavery’ by other parties, and look beyond being seen as vote banks : this is the call launched by the Muslim Rashtriya Manch to mobilize Muslims in the polls. – tied Uttar Pradesh to vote for BJP.
An organization associated with the RSS, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) was tasked with mobilizing the minority community ahead of the assembly elections. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of at least five crore minority votes for the BJP by 2024.
The call came at a time when the BJP faces a challenge of consolidating Muslim votes ahead of crucial UP polls. The government led by Yogi Adityanath has, however, found an ally in the MRM, which is mobilizing its cadres in areas with a Muslim majority.
Sources further said that 400-500 of the organization’s representatives will travel to the state to raise awareness of the slogan ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’ of the Modi-led government through social welfare programs for the community. The party is wary and trying to avoid the kind of consolidation of Muslim votes in assembly polls in West Bengal.
“We worked in the Muslim community during the verdict of the temple of Ram and on many similar occasions. Our cadre is aware of the progress of the Muslim community under the rule of the BJP. We have Muslim workers who are literate and know their rights. They are heard when they go to their community. They will distribute leaflets. We are not affiliated with RSS, so we openly work in poll-related states,” a source said.
The MRM also issued an appeal letter, a leaflet calling on the minority community not to become vote banks for parties such as SP, BSP, Congress, TMC, AAP and AIMIM, and to give the BJP a chance instead. The leaflet also claims that communal riots and attacks on Muslims have decreased significantly under BJP rule.
The BJP has been attacked by the opposition for peddling the ‘community agenda’ with CM Yogi’s ’80 against 20′ commentary.
A senior MRM official spoke more about the need to reach the community through the numbers. “We are about 19% in the state and control 144 electoral districts. Our community should be enlightened to see who wishes them well and who does not.
The MRM leaflet also talks about welfare schemes for Muslims with particular emphasis on a ‘bright future for Muslim women’. The literature cites the number of Muslims fielded by the BJP in the elections of Gujarat, Lakshadweep and Jammu and Kashmir.
“Whether Congress, SP, TMC, AAP, Owaisi or RJD, every political party has treated Muslims as a bank of votes. The BJP cares the most about the community. States like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab, Goa, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will go to the polls in 2022-2023. For the past 70 years, all political parties have treated Muslims as a bank of votes and turned them into enslaved slaves of appeasement. This was broken by the Modi government in 2014 with its slogan “Sabka saath, sabka vikas and sabka vishwas”. This is why in 2019 both Hindus and Muslims voted for the BJP. We ask you to vote for the BJP this time,” reads an appeal in the MRM flyer.
The flyer further reads: “It is imperative to vote for Modi and Yogi for a better future for Muslim women and all other members of the community.”
The literature also gives a detailed account of Yogi-led government welfare programs for the Muslim community. Citing CM Yogi’s address to the assembly, the leaflet said that although Muslims make up 19% of the population in the state, they received around 30-35% of the benefits of the programs.
“The intention of PM and CM is to uplift minorities and ensure trust via ‘Ek haath mein Quran aur doosre haath mein computer,'” the leaflet states in reference to the modernization of the educational system in madrasas.
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