The circumstances this time around in Varanasi are bit different and let’s see whosoever candidate is enjoying ‘full support’ of Muslim voters apart from Hindu voters. Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal and Samajwadi Party candidate Kailash Chaurasia are striving hard to woo Muslims in their favour.

Though Congress is yet to name candidate on the prestigious seat, the party considers Muslims as its traditional voters. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is also assuming poll results on this seat in their favour.

Amidst all electoral hip hopping, Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED) leader and strongman Mukhtar Ansari has once again thrown his hat in the ring by announcing his candidature from the Varanasi constituency.

All the parties except BJP are claiming to enjoy Muslim support. With a plethora of options available before them, Muslim voters are in dilemma over whom to vote for.

They would support such candidate who not only raises local issues but also assures their community on security and employment fronts.

If discussions in the constituency are to be believed, one thing is clear at least, no candidate would be able to garner Minority votes just because he is a Muslim or his party talks about them.

The Muslim voters are expected to vote for such candidate who promises to vociferously raise the problems of their community in the Parliament.

It needs to be noted that during the last general elections, Mukhtar Ansari lost to BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi with a slim margin of 17, 000 votes.

(JPN/Bureau)

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