The Batla House encounter did not wield enough influence to dictate the voting patterns of the area and Jamia Nagar on Thursday.
The anti-incumbency mood was conspicuous by its absence even though the authenticity of the L-18 encounter still remains questionable for most residents here. So could this mean that the people have finally moved on?
No, say the residents. Intriguingly, the anti-incumbency mood is missing for the lack of a better option. “Do I really have a better choice? My community needs to support a party that is secular in nature. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that the BJP clearly doesn’t belong to that category,” said Dost Mohammad (40), a resident of Batla House.
But protection of Muslim interests wasn’t the only agenda here. The residents had a lot more on their minds while casting their vote — better education and better job opportunities, especially. “If the Muslim identity was all that I was bothered about, then I should have voted for the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate, who is also a Muslim. But his criminal record acts as a repellent,” said M.D. Heshamuddin, a lecturer.