Ramzan row over polling dates is a 'communal' ploy by oppn: BJP

Clay Curtis
March 12, 2019

"Minority population in these three states is quite high".

The main opposition party has been squeezed out of the SP-BSP "mahagathbandhan" (grand alliance) in UP, which may help the BJP in the politically most crucial state where swing of a few percentage of votes can swing the poll pendulum to the other side.

On the other hand, the three NDA constituents in - BJP, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP - have already announced that they will fight 17, 17 and six seats, respectively, in the state.

Even those handful of leaders are not keen on contesting the elections, for the simple reason that they do not have money power and if they have, they don't want to waste their money, since it is hard to win any seat. "This indicates their panic because even in Gujarat, BJP will lose large number of Lok Sabha seats". It is not that people who have jobs do not attend them during Ramzan.

In Maharashtra, the BJP and Shiv Sena have agreed to fight 25 and 23 seats respectively. It will witness polling on its 32 assembly seats. Voting will be done in seven phases starting from April 11 and will conclude on May 19.

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"The party emerged stronger after 17 of our MLAs crossed over to BJP [in 2017]", Satav said.

The election for the 543 constituencies across the nation would decide upon the next government, and in the last polls of 2014, it was the NDA which won 336 seats and comfortably formed the government.

Trinamool Congress leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Monday said the lengthy schedule of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, will be arduous for those observing Ramzan in the states of Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

This is for the first time that this rule will be followed during the Lok Sabha polls although the directions in this regard were issued on October 10, 2018.

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