Guwahati: State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not get any seats in minority-dominated areas in the Assam Assembly polls slated for later this year, as ‘Miya Muslims’ do not vote for the BJP.Also Read - Will Assam Impose Stern Covid Curbs Amid Current Situation? Here's What CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Said
“Miya Muslims did not vote for us in Panchayat and 2014 Lok Sabha polls”, said Sarma, citing his past experience. Also Read - #ZeeOpinionPoll Finds 'UP Mey Toh Yogi Hai'; BJP To Win 245-267 Seats Against Samajwadi Party 125-148
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“Miya Muslims don’t vote for us (BJP), I am saying this on the basis of experience. They didn’t vote for us in Panchayat and 2014 Lok Sabha polls. BJP will not get votes in the seats that are in their (Miya Muslims) hands, while other seats are ours,” Sarma told reporters on Saturday.
Gearing up for the Assembly elections, he added, “We will field our candidates in those (Miya Muslims) seats so that people who do not identify themselves with ‘Miya Muslims’ get an option to vote for lotus (BJP’s symbol) or elephant (Asom Gana Parishad’s symbol).”
The Assam Assembly polls are likely to take place in April-May this year for 126 seats.
(With inputs from ANI)