After Uttar Pradesh, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM is ready to start in Rajasthan in January of next year. In the assembly elections in 2023, Owaisi hopes to become the third largest party in Rajasthan. He is concentrating his efforts on Muslim voters. Owaisi had been monitoring the ground reality in Rajasthan, particularly among the state’s Muslims, even before his arrival. The party is conducting a statewide poll. Is the Muslim community in India in need of an All India Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen, according to the survey? Is it true that under the leadership of the Congress, Muslims are being overlooked? Do they face discrimination in the development process?
As a supporter of AIMIM in Rajasthan, Advocate Mujahid Naqvi claims that the Congress party views the Muslim community to be its slave. The election of Congress has become a compulsion for this community because it has no other option. According to Naqvi, participants in our poll stated that development work is not being done in Muslim regions. AIMIM is in high demand. AIMIM’s focus, according to Naqvi, is not solely on Muslims. She intends to form a Third Front in Rajasthan, focusing on Dalits, Adivasis, and other marginalised groups.
Owaisi’s challenge is to create a party organisation in Rajasthan and engage key people with the party before becoming a force in the assembly elections scheduled for 2023. Particularly in the Muslim community, linking individuals with power. Owaisi’s second task is to persuade Muslims that they are not the BJP’s B team. Owaisi has been battling this label for a long time, from Bihar to Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. This is why Owaisi’s party has so far been unable to distinguish itself from the Vote Katua Party.
Collaboration with like-minded individuals
As a result, the Tribal Party of India, which has clout in tribal areas, as well as the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, led by Hanuman Beniwal, and other like-minded parties, have been contacted. Only once the party is launched in Rajasthan in January, according to Naqvi, will the organisation be able to stand. The question now is: why is Owaisi’s eyes on Rajasthan? Are threre any reasons for this.
In Rajasthan, Muslims are thought to be the Congress’s vote bank.
To begin with, Rajasthan is dominated by only two main political parties: the BJP and the Congress. Other small political parties exist, although they do not have a large following. In Rajasthan, Muslims make up roughly 9% of the electorate. The Congress, on the other hand, is the sole major opposition party to the BJP. As a result, the Muslim community in Rajasthan is regarded as the Congress’s vote bank. Following the study and feedback, Owaisi supporters say there is widespread anger of the Congress among Muslims. However, they are compelled to vote for Congress because they have no other choice.
AIMIM wishes to take advantage of this opportunity.
Supporters of Owaisi claim that as soon as an alternative in the form of AIMIM becomes available, the Muslim vote will not turn solely to the Congress. He intends to vote for AIMIM. The way Congress is leaning towards soft Hindutva, according to AIMIM activists. She is attempting to dispel the stigma of being a minority advocate, and AIMIM will profit directly from this in Rajasthan.
In this community, Asaduddin Owaisi is well-known.
Another reason, according to Owaisi supporters, is Owaisi’s popularity among the Muslim community. Supporters of AIMIM feel that Muslims can vote for any party, however Asaduddin Owaisi is a popular figure in this community. The Muslim community believes that Owaisi is unafraid to bring up Muslim issues. Owaisi has been monitoring the Muslim community in Rajasthan for some time. for the last two years by attending many such events and participating in the programs of the Muslim community.
Muslims, according to Owaisi, are dissatisfied with the Congress government’s stance.
According to sources, Owaisi is also presuming that there is a disagreement over the mosque in Gopalgarh or that there is communal animosity. The Muslim community is dissatisfied with the Congress government’s stance. On December 12, the Congress conducted a rally in Jaipur against inflation. The intelligence agency of the Gehlot regime had provided a report to the police prior to this rally, expressing concerns that AIMIM was inciting the Muslim population. This community’s members have the ability to raise a disturbance at the rally.
With only Muslim voters, being a political force is difficult.
Despite the fact that there was no commotion during the gathering, AIMIM officials allege that after the report’s letter went viral in many Muslim groups, a portion of the community is furious that the Congress does not trust them despite their support. Is. People linked with AIMIM also fear that Rahul Gandhi’s rally speech on Hinduism and Hindutva will enhance Muslim hatred of the Congress. However, Owaisi is fully aware that becoming a political power in Rajasthan with simply a Muslim vote bank is difficult. Then there are differences in Muslim issues and beliefs in different parts of Rajasthan.
He’s also considering forming an alliance with the Muslim Jats.
In such circumstances, Owaisi is attempting to form a Muslim-Dalit-Adivasi coalition. Owaisi Dungarpur is also attempting to form an alliance with BTP, which has clout in Banswara, Pratapgarh, and Udaipur’s rural areas. Simultaneously, he is targeting the Muslim Jat coalition, which was the Congress’s strength in West Rajasthan. Hanuman Beniwal’s RLP, which has clout in Jatland, is in touch with Owaisi as well.
For Owaisi, this is a significant obstacle.