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Surveys of the Delhi assembly: Muslims vote against “divisive” policy | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Security, peace and development were the three main factors that Muslims in Delhi considered when they went out to vote on Saturday. Several community members admitted that they would vote “strategically” to defeat divisive politics, while claiming that the Aam Aadmi Party had won their trust in the past five years.

In most Muslim-dominated belts in Chandni Chowk, northeast and east of Delhi, the AAP emerged as a clear choice, especially among women who praised the party for providing electricity, water and medical care at subsidized prices.

“In the last five years, there have been notable changes in the basic infrastructure in the health and education sector in our area. Our country can be strong only when we have an educated government, whose priorities reflect the aspirations of ordinary people, “said Farheen, who cast his vote in Seelampur in northeastern Delhi, where Chowdhary Mateen Ahmed of Congress is fighting A new AAP candidate, Abdul Rehman .. The BJP candidate is Kaushal Mishra.

Some people, however, hinted that the Citizenship Law (Amendment) and the communally charged election campaign became reasons for a slight shift towards Congress, which was the only party that took a firm stand against the “discriminatory” law.

“We need a strong leader at this time, who is not afraid to become our voice. Addressing basic needs is important, but the struggle is for survival at this time. We need someone who is not afraid of lathis, ”said Mohammad Yasin Khan, 41. A division was also visible within men, with those under 30 supporting the “exchange policy”.

In Seemapuri, Faizan, 24, who is preparing for civil services, said his vote “had nothing to do with national affairs.” “We can support a prominent national party in Lok Sabha, but in these elections only local matters matter.” . And only one of the parties has spoken about his plan for Delhi, ”he added.

The highly polarized environment was also not lost in the candidates. In Chandni Chowk, Parlad Singh Sawhney of the AAP was competing against Alka Lamba of Congress, which had supported the protests against the CAA in Jama Masjid when he arrived to support the head of the Bhim Army, Chandrashekhar Azad, at the end of December. And some voters said they still remember that image.

In Ballimaran, former environment minister Imran Hussain was against Congress veteran Haroon Yusuf. Despite obtaining almost 60% of the vote in 2015, Hussain hoped to run ahead as many in Old Delhi supported Kejriwal.

The five polling stations in Shaheen Bagh, which has been a center of protests against the CAA, were declared “critical” by the Chief Election Officer of Delhi. When voters made long lines to exercise their franchise, they made clear their dissatisfaction with CAA and said they voted for “development.”

Nida Shaheen, a first-time voter, said: “AAP is doing a lot to improve the quality of education in government schools and health facilities through mohalla clinics. No state government in Delhi had thought about these issues before. ”

In Jamia Nagar, Zubeda Sheikh reiterated Shaheen’s words. He pointed out the poor sanitation conditions in the area due to the negligence of the municipality, which is governed by BJP. “Our councilor is putting his best efforts, but unless the municipal staff works efficiently, one cannot expect the situation to improve,” he added.

Abeeda and her daughter had arrived at a voting table in Malviya Nagar, in southern Delhi, to vote for “peace.” “This was the first time that my husband or my family did not dictate that I cast my vote. I feel a strong cause and dragged my daughter with me. I am against the polarization of votes. I want peace to prevail, ”he added.

Times of India