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BSPís Electoral Approach and Strategy:
A Betrayal of the Secular Order
AIMMM Calls Upon Secular Electorate to Reject BSPís Candidates
New Delhi, 18 March, 2004: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) is distressed to note that the BSP has decided to contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and 245 in other States, namely, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Uttaranchal. It has announced its first list of 205 candidates, including 75 in UP. This list includes 17 Muslim candidates in UP.
The AIMMM has noted that in 1999 the BSP had contested 225 seats and had forfeited its deposits in 184. Of the 80 seats contested in UP, it had won only 14 seats and nowhere else. It had, however, secured more than 4% of the votes cast in J&K (4.64), MP (5.23) and UP (22.08) and 4.16% in the country, as a whole.
Keeping the past record of the BSPís collaboration with the BJP in view and scanning the candidatures announced now, it is impossible not to reach the conclusion that the BSPís electoral strategy is to divide secular votes wherever possible and its candidatures are largely designed to help the BJP by draining away anti-BJP votes, particularly among the SC and to a certain extent among the Muslims.
The AIMMM considers the BSPís approach as a betrayal of the secular order.
The AIMMM once again cautions the secular electorate, particularly the Muslim voters, against the BSPís pro-BJP game and calls upon them to reject its candidates."
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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