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General Elections 2014: Which way Muslims can go?
Voting for Lok Sabha elections have started. Parties are trying hard to woo the voters through different ways. Some are presenting facts against their rivals, some are trying to attract voters on emotional background while some are reaching out to religious leaders in a bid to influence their followers.

Of the total population of the country, which is around 1.23 billion, 13.7% are Muslims. Which way the Muslim voters will go, cannot be predicted easily. Whether they will go for the Congress or AAP or any third party, only time will tell.

However, in a bid to know the mood of the Muslim community, we spoke to few eminent individuals.

Maulana Yasoob Abbas, Spokesperson, All India Shia Personal Law Board:

Maulana Yasoodb AbbasMuslims won't reveal who they will vote. They are neither supporting nor against any party. Muslim community is looking for that particular person who can think about their development and bring some changes in the society. It also depends on the party's manifesto, whether it is providing Muslims more development options or not. And I feel that deserving and correct candidate should be elected.

Maulana Arshad Madani, Jamiat Ulema E Hind president:

Maulana Arshad MadaniWe don't want to push Muslims to any particular direction. This election is being fought on two points only i.e. secularism versus making the nation as a Hindu state. The one who wants to make this nation a Hindu state should be collectively defeated. In my opinion we should vote that candidate who supports the ideology of secularism and is ahead of others. This is what we want. I am not saying that one should vote for the Congress, SP or BSP; but one should vote to that party that makes the nation secular.

Qamar Agha, Senior Journalist:

Qamar AghaMuslims believe in 'Secularism'. And their votes will get divided into BJP, AAP and the Congress. I feel that in Lucknow Rajnath Singh will fetch more votes from Shia community as they are pretty impress with his vows that he had made to them. But personally I believe that one should cast a vote for a particular person on the basis of works he has done for the society, rather on the basis of party's manifesto.

Mohammad Mateeb Imam, a former AMU student and Theater Artist:

I would like to support AAP. During tenure of the Congress party, they had made a lot of commitment to the common man but failed to implement any. According to me "development should start from the minority level." And the Congress party failed to brought changes or to develop our country at the minority level. Recently BJP has submitted its' committee report i.e their manifesto which is not up to our expectation and it showed clearly that they are not willing to do anything for our community. We believe in 'secularism' but we are not ready to accept that manifesto which support to a sole community rather believing in equality. AAP is the only hope for our country and we should give a chance to it.

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