Muslims divided in Nizamabad constituency of Azamgarh

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

Azamgarh: Nizamabad is one of the 10 assembly seats in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, which has sizeable Muslim population. Mirzapur block of the constituency has about 90 villages, but there are just two small government hospitals. Pits define roads which are dusty in summer and muddy in rainy season. Yet, development is not a deciding factor in this election as Muslims are divided in different camps.

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There are more than 2 lakh voters in this constituency – Muslims (70 thousand), OBCs (80 thousand), Harijans (40 thousand). The villages that came into limelight after the Batla House encounter and terror-related arrests, namely Sanjarpur, Sarai Meer and Beenapara fall in this constituency.

Despite backwardness, development is not an issue. There are 14 candidates in the fray – three of them are Muslims. Senior politician and two-time MLA Alambadi is contesting on Samajwadi Party ticket while Bahujan Samaj Party has fielded Kalamuddin Khan. The second top leader of Rashtriya Ulema Council, Mohd. Tahir Madani (party general secretary) is also in the fray for the seat. And this has caused division and disturbed the equation of all parties.

“Votes will be divided among three parties – BSP, SP and Ulema Council,” says Shakeel Ahmed of Beenapara village.

Retired teacher Abul Kalam is also of the same view. “Muslim votes will be divided. Ulema Council may not win a seat, but it has disturbed the equation,” says Kalam.

Dr Shamim Ahmed of Sanjarpur says Muslims are an emotional community, they do not give attention to serious, development issues. “Votes will be divided, majority will go to SP. Muslims in entire Azamgarh are leaning towards SP,” says Dr. Ahmed.

Candidates in Nizamabad Assembly constituency
ALAMBADI——————————–Samajwadi Party
KALAMUDDIN KHAN——————Bahujan Samaj Party
PURNAMASI——————————-Indian National Congress
RAMSURAT——————————–Communist Party of India
RANJANA DEVI—————————Bharatiya Janata Party
UPENDRA RAI—————————-Rashtriya lokmanch
MOHD. TAHIR MADANI————–Rashtriya Ulama Council
RAMPREET KUMAR——————–Lok Jan Shakti Party
LALA—————————————Janata Dal (United)
VIRENDRA——————————–Mahan Dal
SEVAK————————————-Indian Justice Party
NALANI KANT————————–Independent
SURENDRA KUMAR——————Independent