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No Modi phobia among Kerala Muslims

Kochi, Apr 12 (): Muslims having a phobia of Modi becoming PM would lead to their voting for non-BJP parties has been proved wrong in the voting pattern in Kerala.

Kerala which went to polls on April 10 show that there has been a decline in votes from Muslim pockets. Muslim votes registered lower turnout in the polling held on April 10 than in the 2009 elections.

Pundits in Kerala had been predicting that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in the State will see huge Muslim voters turn out to cast their votes for the Congress-led UDF which has the second largest ally the Muslim League, in order to stop the BJP-led NDA coming to power at the Centre.

Muslim voter turnout at the polling booths in the two Muslim-dominated Lok Sabha constituencies, Malappuram and Ponnani, and many pockets of the Assembly segments with Muslims as majority in other Parliament seats proved to be lower than the 2009 elections.

The Malappuram constituency has 11,97,718 voters had Muslim League’s Union Minister E Ahamed seeking a seventh term and it registered a voter turnout of 71.47 per cent, 5.57 per cent less than the 76.84 per cent of the 2009 LS election.

Ponnani, the other Muslim League stronghold where its general secretary has 11,80,031 voters, recorded a lower turnout of 73.83 per cent which was 4% less than in 2009. All the seven Assembly segments in Malappuram and six out of the seven Assembly constituencies in Ponnani showed lower polling rate and Thrithala, the only segment with a nominal increase is one won by the CPI(M).

Kasaragod, the northernmost constituency of Kerala which has a huge Muslim population, showed an increase in polling but not in the three Assembly segments where Muslims are in a majority — Manjeswaram, Kasaragod and Uduma recorded less voting. BJP pins its hope its State secretary Surendran would win and Modi held a rally and so also Rahul.

More turnout was from four CPM Assembly segments — Kanhangad, Thrikkarippur, Payyannur and Kalyassery. BJP ‘s Surendran says that Congress candidate would face defeat like in 2009. UDF is now worried that the expected Muslim polarization did not take place in other regions then fate of candidate Shashi Tharoor could be in trouble as it has a major Muslim population.




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