Cannot fool all the people all the time
Congress in Maharashtra is in panic. MIM's wiping out both Congress and NCP in Aurangabad, had given nightmares to both the psuedo-secular parties, who has depended on Muslim votebank for a considerable number of seats, in corporations, assembly, Lok sabha. The Muslim support was the essential margin that tilted the balance in their favour, over the time, time and time again. Now as Indian Express notes, they are once again scurrying around to arrange for dinners and corner meetings; with the fond hopes that happy days are here just around the corners, once Muslim interlocutors are fed with Biryani and Sheesh Kababs. With the entry of MIM, the equations have changed. MIM follows the money trail. From the very beginning of its campaign in Assembly elections, it is comparing how a small minority in Telangana has secured big budget for the Muslim minority, while Congress and NCP coalition had in all its half a century of playing footsie with the Muslim voters, have never come around to admit that the treasure chest on which all these political parties are feeding their core vote-bank will even be shared with the Muslims. At each and every step, where government fiat was essential for any communities progress and development, Congress and NCP had convinced Muslims, that their doors will always remain closed to the Muslims. MIM has first time adopted the famous Nixon era catch-phrase: "Follow the cash". All Congress efforts to woo Muslim voters is like running around trying to close the stable after the horse has already bolted. The deficit in trust and confidence in the fake promises of Congress and NCP is hard to patch up now. Their game is up. Even Shiv Sena and BJP feel the game is lost, as Muslim voters have found a leader that can deliver majorities to its candidates, whether Muslims or Dalits. MIM is shown it can be generous and not stingy like Congress and NCP who had exploited leaderless Muslim voters with ludicrous promises of reservations, beef ban. They are still depending on sloganeering about reservation and beef ban to corral Muslims. It is not a question of patchwork development of the community. MIM appears to go for the jugular and work for balancing power equations that can be translated in to real empowerment of the Muslim community.
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai
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