Emergence of two rival secular formations in Bihar
AIMMM Expresses distress at Emergence of Two Rival Secular Formations in Bihar
Calls upon all Secular Formations/Parties to Field at least 16% Muslim candidates
Reiterates Appeal to Secular Voters to Support Most Winnable Secular Candidates, preferably Muslims in Muslim Concentration Constituencies
New Delhi, 19 September, 2005: 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) feels distressed that the secular parties have not been able to join hands to defeat the anti-secular forces represented the BJP and its ally the JD(U) in Bihar in the coming Assembly election.
The AIMMM has noted with regret that there shall be two secular fronts led by the RJD and the LJP in the coming Assembly election which may divide the secular votes.
The AIMMM has been deeply concerned about the persistent under-representation of the Muslims in the Bihar Assembly. It, therefore, appeals to all secular parties to field at least 16% Muslim candidates in their lists from Muslim concentration constituencies.
The AIMMM reiterates its decision to appeal to the Muslims and other secular voters to support the most winnable secular candidate in every constituency, irrespective of religion or caste. However, in Muslim concentration constituencies with only one Muslim candidate of a major secular alliance/party or independent, the AIMMM appeals to the voters to support the Muslim candidates irrespective of the party and where more than one major secular alliance/party have fielded Muslim candidates to support the more winnable.”
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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