Hyderabad parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi rubbished speculations that Ramazan will have impact on Muslim votes during elections.
The national election will be held from April 11 to May 19 and the results will be declared on May 23, the Election Commission said yesterday.
The AIMIM leader said it was a “totally uncalled for and unnecessary” controversy.
“I would earnestly request those political parties that please don’t use the Muslim community & Ramzan for whatever reasons you have,” the parliamentarian was quoted as saying by NDTV.“Muslims will definitely fast in Ramzan, they go out and lead a normal life, they go to office, even the poorest of the poor will also fast. My analysis is that this month (Ramzan) will lead to more voting percentage because one will be free from all worldly duties,” Mr Owaisi remarked. Owaisi also took to his Twitter handle and said that it was an insult to say that Ramzan would affect the voting, “Fasting is obligatory on Muslims. We cook, work, clean & take care of our families while fasting. It’s an insult to Muslims to say that Ramzan will affect our voting. In Ramzan, Shaitan is enchained – inshallah one will use their vote to defeat his agents.”
The Election Commission too said that polls are being conducted during Ramzan as a full month cannot be excluded, news agency ANI reported. “However, the date of main festival and Fridays are avoided for poll days,” ANI quoted the Election Commission as saying.
Trinamool Congress leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim had commented on voting difficulties while questioning the lengthy schedule of the election, which will be held in seven rounds. He had said on Sunday that voting would be arduous for those observing Ramzan in the states of Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Hakim went as far as to target the BJP, saying the ruling party “doesn’t want minorities to cast their votes.”