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Shahi Imam appeals or not, Muslims will never vote for BJP: Political Analyst
Syed Ahmed Bukhari, who is Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid has appealed Muslim voters to vote for the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections. Bukhari also asked the voters in the West Bengal to vote in the favour Trinamool Congress. Interestingly, Bukhari, who was once supporting Samajwadi Party (SP) in UP, severely criticised the Mulayam Singh-led party. He didn't spare the Mayawati-led BSP also.

Bukhari's open support to the Congress has come after the Muslim cleric met Congress President Sonia Gandhi three days before. Addressing a press conference, Bukhari expressed confidence that the Congress will keep its promises, it made for the welfare of the Muslims and expected that Hindus and Muslims will vote for humanity only.

Opposing SP in the conference, he said, “Mulayam Singh Yadav's party had betrayed Muslims. And voting for SP this time will be waste. He also stated, “ Nation is presently facing danger from communal forces. And we should better ensure that secular votes will not be divided.”

On Bukhari's open support to the Congress, Professor of Political Science at Jamia Milla Islamia, Dr. Nisar Ul Haq, said, “Congress as a political party is much better and even without Bukhari's pro-Congress appeal, Muslims will have voted for the Congress only.”

Haq added, “Bukhari himself is aware that Muslims will not vote for any party except Congress. In Uttar Pradesh Muslims votes are divided between Samajwadi Party and the Congress and his plea shows that this time he wants to save the Muslim votes from splitting into two parts. He is making effort to stop division which will indirectly support BJP only. And I personally feel that we should vote for the person who take a stand for your rights rather than thinking to vote for the option left.

Speaking on the Modi's wave, which is reportedly going on in North and Western part of the Country especially, according to the various polls and surveys, Dr. Haq said, “Muslims would prefer “Though BJP got too much media exposure and it seems leading ahead of other parties in 2014 Lok Sabha elections but Muslims still prefer Congress and other regional parties only.”

Meanwhile Bhartiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has asked the Election Commission to take strict action against the Congress for appealing for votes on religious lines and trying to polarise the elections.

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