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Muslim outfits are the fashion of election season in UP

Muslim political outfits are the vogue during elections in Uttar Pradesh. Every election has seen Muslim outfits trying to win the support of the community, which makes up 20 per cent of the state's population. But the common man does not consider it fashionable to vote them to power.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2009 14:52 IST

Muslim political outfits are the vogue during elections in Uttar Pradesh, but the common man does not consider it fashionable to vote them to power.

Every election has seen Muslim outfits trying to win the support of the community, which makes up 20 per cent of the state's population.

Some of these outfits, which tried to leverage from sentiments after the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992 and failed miserably include Indian Muslim League, All India Muslim Forum, All India Minority Front, Momin Conference, Awami Party and Muslim League (Keral state committee).

According to records of the state electoral office, in the 2004 general elections, Muslim League (Keral state committee) contested three seats and forfeited deposits.

In 1999, the outfit had contested from five Lok Sabha seats and secured a meagre of 0.01 per cent vote share and in 1998 elections it had fielded its candidate from one seat, where to it lost deposit.

Muslims play a decisive role in at least 17 Lok Sabha constituencies, mostly in eastern and western Uttar Pradesh.