New Delhi: Amid the ongoing row over the Lok Sabha elections 2019 dates, that are coinciding with Ramzan, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that the poll schedule were bound to clash with the holy month 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.”
Notably, several leaders have alleged that the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, which will kick start from April 11 is a ‘conspiracy to stop Muslims from voting’.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Firhad Hakim claimed that Narendra Modi-led central government had “misled” the Election Commission about the law and order situation in the state. “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 the TMC leader soon after the dates for Lok Sabha elections were announced.
Besides Hakim, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan said that the poll dates that are clashing with Ramzan will help the ruling BJP. “May 12 will be the day of Ramzan in Delhi if Muslims vote less, it will directly help the BJP,” Amanatullah Khan tweeted.
Reacting to the chaos, BJP’s all-India secretary, minority morcha, Arshad Alam, said, “It’s not written anywhere in Islam that one has to take rest in air-conditioned rooms while fasting during Ramzan. For us, Ramzan means ‘Ibadat’ under any circumstances.”
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.