On the other side, LJP asked JD(U) to leave BJP but numbers were not enough. Thus after Buta Singh’s controversial rule, when re-elections occurred, RJD reduced to a poor strength and LJP was wiped out. All such appeasement tactics didn’t work, because the minority community realized the vote bank politics. They didn’t pardon Paswan for projecting Osama as a role-model for Indian Muslims, neither trusted Lalu Yadav, who didn’t allow a Muslim to be a chief minister.
In UP too, Muslims never supported any single party. Their support changes regularly from Congress, SP, BSP etc. Whenever they feel that a particular party is using them for vested interests, they left that party.
These are couple of examples and I feel there would be lot of examples. In fact the Muslim community has a perception that BJP is their enemy. They have the right to think so and there are many anti- Muslim voices in BJP, so one can justify such perception. They have lost trust in non-BJP parties. Every other party is using them as a vote-bank commodity, does lip service and then ditch them.
One Muslim friend was telling me the other day, that whatever might be the slight improvement occurred in that community, it’s because of their own effort. If Muslim individuals achieve success; it’s because of their individual effort only. None of such parties ever helped them in growing up! In fact such vote bank politics some times goes against the minority interest.
For example, the blatant show of appeasement always discomforts the majority religion. Though not reactive, but such discontents remains stored continually due regular shows. In an opportune moment extremist from either side or both the sides combined provoke people from either or both the sides.
Majority public’s sentiment blasts off by some sensitive event or so and finally majority backlash occurs. Scores of innocent people are killed.
However, I feel that such tricks are no more workable, thanks to the presence of media nowadays! Public too understands this. For Muslim community AAP would be a blessing, which has not yet played any vote bank politics. Else in the line of Akali Dal, there must be a religion based party for Muslims, which can go for condition based alliance with any party including BJP.
Finally, I don’t think nowadays vote bank politics has any effect even in rural belts. People are asserting themselves. Thus its better that those parties, who consider vote bank politics is still redeemable, do the home-work again! The minorities will now ask how and when, to your whatever parroted false promises!