New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh election results have triggered a rout not only for the Congress, the BJP and the BSP but also for some of the religious parties which contested in the elections with a view to garner Muslim support.

Muslim voters turned deaf ears to the appeals of Shahi Imam Saeyed Bukhari, who recommended candidates of newly formed Rashtriya Ulema Council. Bukhari also recommended Beht SP candidate and his son-in-law Umar Ali Khan who were rejected by Muslim voters. 

According to the results the Ulema Council party was even unable to open its account in the state’s assembly.

Even the party’s general secretary Tahir Madni couldn’t help party bag a single seat, as he himself faced defeat in his ‘bastion’ Nijamabad assembly constituency.  

Samajwadi Party candidate Imran, who was contesting from Lakhimpur Kheri was defeated. He was given the party ticket after being lobbied by Imam Maulana Shah Fazle Rehman Nadvi.

However, SP emerged victorious in maximum Muslim dominated constituencies. In Azamgarh district alone, the party got nine out of ten seats.

Notably, out of 403 seats of UP, 150 of them were Muslim dominated which trigerred a race between Congress and SP to woo maximum Muslim electorates.

JPN/ Bureau