Jagatsinghpur, April 11 (LocalWire): All political parties have begun pursuing the minorities in the eight blocks of Jagatsinghpur Assembly segment excluding Naugaon and two municipality areas.
In 2011, Jagatsinghapur had 1,086,140 Hindu voters and 46,929 Muslim voters.
In the eight blocks and two municipalities of Paradip and Jagatsinghpur, there are 3,000 to 5,000 Muslim people while Naugaon block has not a single minority family.
There are four Assembly constituencies – Paradip, Tirtol, Jagatsinghpur and Balikuda Erasama – where there is a sizeable Muslim population.
Jagatsinghpur Assembly constituency has two blocks and one municipality where there is sizeable Muslim vote bank, who play a critical role in the results, which means their population is five per cent or more in the region.
In Naugaon block under Jagatsinghpur Assembly constituency, where there is no presence of Muslim voters, the Hindus play the deciding factor.
Earlier, Congress was the only party that encouraged Muslim voters in Jagatsinghpur district.
Congress candidates received majority Muslim votes but now, the situation has changed in all Assembly segments with the formation of Biju Janata Dal in 2000 as it made a dent in the vote bank and the Congress’ monopoly on Muslim vote has been checked.
Muslims alleged scholarships for minority students had been stopped by the Centre. Of the 144 registered madrasas in the district, only six benefit from the mid-day meal scheme under Sarba Sikhya Abhiyan while no study materials, including Urdu books and dress materials were distributed to the students.
The Muslim voters, have, therefore vowed to teach a lesson both to the BJD and the BJP.
President of Congress minority community cell, Amilus Sazedin, said ‘BJD has not given any benefit to the minorities while the BJP-led Centre has stopped scholarships to students in madrasas so the Congress is expecting majority votes from the Muslim people.’
Vice president of BJP minority community cell, Mujabil Khan said, ‘the highest Muslim voters are in Balikuda Erasama Assembly constituency so we have started our effort to woo them.’ He said BJP was sure of 80% votes since the BJD ignored the minority community.
‘Central government sanctioned lakhs of rupees to the state wakf board but not a single Muslim is being benefited from this scheme so the minority community has vowed to repay the BJD by their own coin,’ he added.