Congress to woo Muslims to grab power in UP
Posted by jagoindia on May 27, 2009
Agencies May 26, 2009
Buoyed by Muslims supporting it in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress plans to go all out to woo the minority community ahead of the 2012 assembly elections to wrest power in Uttar Pradesh after a gap of two decades.
The success of Congress in the Lok Sabha elections is especially because of the support from the minorities and the vote bank has to be kept intact if the party has to be revived before the 2012 assembly elections, a senior party leader said.
Uttar Pradesh has 11.60 crore voters and minorities accounting for 20-22 per cent of the electorate can play a major role in deciding the electorate fortune of a party.
“We have to concentrate on keeping them (minority) intact to achieve the target of fully reviving the party in the state by 2012 assembly elections,” Chairman of the UPCC minority cell Maroof Khan said.
According to preliminary estimates, almost 60 per cent of the minorities voted for the Congress this time ensuring its victory on 21 of 80 Lok Sabha seats, he said.
Khan said the minority cell has chalked out a programme for consolidating the Muslim vote bank further.
Implementation of the Sachar Committee recommendation for minorities’ welfare, under which 22 districts in the state have been given the status of minority districts, has found favour among the minorities, he said.