A press release was signed today by Dr Rajdeep Roy, general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Assam Pradesh. According to this release, the performance of the party’s minority front in the recently concluded Assam assembly elections was low.
The performance was so bad that the party did not even get the votes of the registered members of the minority front. This is the reason that State President Ranjit Kumar Das has dissolved the party’s minority front in the state.
The release from the party is important because it reflects the thinking of the minorities towards the BJP. If the members of the party whose leadership has the slogan ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Biswas’ do not vote for it, then what will the party expect from the common minority voters? The incident is also a message to the party leaders who represent the central government and the party in the North-East and has claimed that the BJP has received the votes of minorities in Assam.
The news that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s decision to dissolve the minority front in AssamIt would be right to see that the total number of Muslim MLAs in elections held in five states is 111. In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress fielded 42 Muslim candidates, losing only one. But in Assam, all of the eight Muslim candidates of the BJP had to face defeat. Perhaps this is the reason why the state president dissolved the district, block and state committees of the minority front.
According to experts, in order to keep the BJP away from power in West Bengal, the Congress and the Left Front transferred their minority votes to the Trinamool Congress in Muslim majority seats. In Assam, the BJP had a direct fight with the alliance of Congress Party and Badruddin Azmal’s party All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) due to which Muslim candidates could not get votes in Muslim majority seats.
There has been a long-standing complaint from the BJP about the secular parties that the party does not give tickets to Muslim members, but what will the party do when only its registered minority members do not vote for it? Both the minorities and the party need to ponder on how the leadership of the party will trust the minority voters as a large supporter of the party keeps complaining about its slogan for minorities on social media. For now, it seems that the party will have to do something else to win the trust of the minorities and only time will tell how much it will do.