After Mayawati asked Muslim voters during her poll rally in Deoband (Sahranpur, UP) to vote for the gathbandhan in the state, Asaduddin Owaisi led AIMIM on Wednesday too urged Muslim voters to post their ballots in favour of the BSP-SP-RLD coalition.
National spokesperson of the party Syed Asim Waqar on Wednesday tweeted saying that Asaduddin Owaisi has asked Muslims to support the gathbandhan as the Congress could not defeat the BJP.
"AIMIM's chief Asaduddin Owaisi's huge announcement - Congress does not have the power to defeat BJP. Muslims vote for BSP, SP and RLD," his tweet read.
Earlier on Wednesday, a letter doing the rounds allegedly by the Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind saw the group issuing a directive asking Muslims to vote for SP, BSP and RLD gathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh. While the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is yet to deny the letter at the time of publishing, its contents see it backing all the eight candidates of the gathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh.
The kind of religious communal polarisation that is witnessed in the alleged JeI Hind letter had also been seen days earlier when Mayawati openly asked the Muslim community to vote for the gathbandhan rather than for the Congress.
While addressing a rally in Deoband in Saharanpur she had given a polarising speech where she appealed to Muslim voters to vote for the BSP-SP coalition (with RLD in tow) and not the Congress saying that the party led by Gandhis cannot fight the BJP.
"I want to tell the Muslim community to not let their votes divide. I ask you to vote together for BSP, SP and RLD. I'm warning, especially people of Muslim community, that Congress isn't in a position to fight BJP in UP. Only 'gathbandhan' can fight BJP. Congress knows this but they're going by mantra 'Hum jeete ya na jeete, gathbandhan nahi jeetna chahiye'. Therefore Congress party has fielded candidates from such castes and religion which will benefit BJP. Therefore I am warning members of Muslim community," she said.
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