Linking Ramzan with Lok Sabha polls shows Opposition has conceded defeat: UP Dy. CM

The deputy chief minister pointed out to the Lok Sabha bypoll in Kairana last year that was held during Ramzan. He suggested that the elections should during Navaratri and Ramzan so that more people could vote with a "righteous" mind, the the PTI report added.

Linking Ramzan with Lok Sabha polls shows Opposition has conceded defeat: UP Dy. CM
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma. (PIC/Twitter account)
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 12 Mar 2019 07:07 PM
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Dinesh Sharma's statement comes in the backdrop of the Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party claiming that holding elections during Ramzan would inconvenience Muslims and help the BJP as the community is largely seen to be backing the Opposition parties against the ruling alliance.
  • The deputy chief minister pointed out to the Lok Sabha bypoll in Kairana last year that was held during Ramzan. He suggested that the elections should during Navaratri and Ramzan so that more people could vote with a "righteous" mind.
  • Firhad Hakim, a senior TMC leader in West Bengal alleged that elections were extensively scheduled for the Ramazan month to ensure that Muslims found it more difficult to vote.
Lucknow: Opposition parties are sure of their defeat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and are using the Ramzan as an excuse, said UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Tuesday. The BJP leader said people will go out with a clean mindset during the month of Ramzan to vote.

"Most of the Hindus observe fast on Tuesdays, while the Muslims hold special 'jumma' (prayer) on Friday. Does that mean there should be no voting on Tuesdays and Fridays? Sharma asked.


"Elections are also a type of 'ibadat' (worship). It is a type of puja. And it is the 'ibaadat' and 'aradhana' (worship) of the 'rashtra' (nation). If the elections are held in the period of Ramzan, then people will go out to vote with a pure mind and heart," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader (BJP) told PTI.

Sharma's statement comes in the backdrop of the Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party claiming that holding elections during Ramzan would inconvenience Muslims and help the BJP as the community is largely seen to be backing the Opposition parties against the ruling alliance.

"This is a political stunt of some people who have started searching grounds and possible reasons for their imminent defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Now they cannot blame the EVMs for the defeats, so they are resorting to this (logic)," Sharma said.

The deputy chief minister pointed out to the Lok Sabha bypoll in Kairana last year that was held during Ramzan. He suggested that the elections should during Navaratri and Ramzan so that more people could vote with a "righteous" mind, the PTI report added.

"I would rather say that the elections should be held during the auspicious occasion of Navaratra and the holy month of Ramzan. A person who observes fast rises above narrow lines of 'apna' (self) and 'paraayaa' (others)," Sharma claimed.

Firhad Hakim, a senior TMC leader in West Bengal alleged that elections were extensively scheduled for the Ramazan month to ensure that Muslims found it more difficult to vote.

“Making the elections coincide with the holy month of Ramazan makes it unnecessarily difficult for Muslims everywhere,” said Hakim to The Telegraph. Muslims form a third of the Bengal electorate.

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