New Delhi: Reacting to the row over Lok Sabha election dates that are coinciding with the holy month of Ramzan, veteran lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar urged the Election Commission (EC) to not entertain the matter for a second. “I find this whole discussion about Ramzan and elections totally disgusting. This is the kind of distorted and convoluted version of secularism that to me is repulsive, revolting and intolerable. EC should not consider it for a second,” tweeted Akhtar, a recipient of prestigious Padma Bhushan award.
Earlier on Monday, several politicos including Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan, Trinamool Congress leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan questioned the seven-phase Lok Sabha election schedule. They alleged that the Lok Sabha elections, which will kick-start from April 11 is a ‘conspiracy to stop Muslims from voting’.
“The central government has targeted West Bengal in order to ensure that minority community people can’t come out to vote in large numbers due to fasting in the Ramzan month,” said Firhad Hakim soon after the dates for Lok Sabha elections were announced.
Contray to them, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that the poll schedule were bound to clash with Ramzan and the whole controversy is totally unnecessary. “I would earnestly request those political parties that please don’t use the Muslim community and Ramzan for whatever reasons you have,” said Owaisi, on being asked about the issue.
He added,”Muslims will definitely fast in Ramzan, they go out and lead a normal life, they go to office, even the poorest of the poor will also fast. My analysis is that this month (Ramzan) will lead to more voting percentage because one will be free from all worldly duties.”
The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held in 7 phases. The first phase of polling will be held on April 11, the second phase on April 18, third phase on April 23, fourth phase on April 29, fifth phase on May 6, sixth phase on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23, 2019.