UP polls: All Parties woo Muslim voters

With less than 24 hours to go before Uttar Pradesh votes in the first phase, all eyes are on the state’s large 18 per cent Muslim vote. How crucial will it be this time around? Young Muslims of Uttar Pradesh are debating quota for the Muslims announced by the Congress and the Samajwadi Party.

The experts say that issues among Muslims are similar to that of others hence the political class may get it wrong by thinking of them as an en-masse voting block. Political scientist Zoya Hasan said, “It’s a myth to say that Muslims vote en-block. Muslim vote has gone to the SP, the SP'>BSP and the Congress, if they were to vote en-block the way dalits have been voting for the SP'>BSP then one of the three parties could have won the elections quite easily, thats not the case.

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