MALAPPURAM: Continuing its efforts to shed the anti-minority image and woo the Muslim voters, the BJP has fielded leaders and functionaries of the Minority Morcha in Vengara Assembly constituency. In the last leg of the election campaign the party is aggressively targeting the Muslim community in a bid to increase its vote share in the constituency.On Friday, Minority Morcha national president Abdul Rasheed Ansari toured the constituency campaigning for BJP candidate K Janachandran Master.
Ansari told mediapersons the NDA government has launched several schemes for educational and social empowerment of the Muslims.
He, however, refused to comment on the beef ban and said there are no restrictions in the country and everyone is free to eat the food of his choice. The local leaders of the BJP also highlighting the welfare and educational schemes introduced by the Union Government for the Muslims. “The NDA Government has implemented several schemes for the minorities. The voters here are aware of these initiatives and we are confident they will support us,” said BJP district president K Ramachandran. Besides, the BJP expects the Muslim women aggrieved by the triple talaq practice will support the party for its stand favouring the principles of gender justice and inequality.
“The party’s stand in the triple talaq case has been widely appreciated and this will attract more Muslim voters to the party,” Ramachandran said. The party also organised a convention of Minority Morcha at Vengara, in which activists from across the district participated. BJP spokesperson and former Union Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain will arrive in Vengara for campaigning on Sunday.The BJP got the highest vote share in the constituency when it fielded a Muslim candidate in 2016 Assembly election. P T Ali Haji of the BJP had garnered 7,055 votes in 2016 while the vote share went down to 5,952 in the Lok Sabha byelection held this year.
“The Modi Government’s stand in the triple talaq issue will reflect in the byelection. It has come as a great relief to Muslim women and there is a visibble change in their attitude towards the RSS and the BJP,” said Minority Morcha district secretary Atika Abdul Rahman. Minority Morcha district leaders T P Ali Haji and Badusha Thangal who are active in the campaign front also expressed confidence their efforts will yield positive results, this time.