Lok Sabha Elections: Controversy over poll dates during Ramzan

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi rubbished the controversy over the date of LS polls during Ramzan and appealed to the opposition to not politicise the matter


After Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the election dates for the awaited 2019 Lok Sabha polls, a new controversy has emerged with several political parties and Muslims cleric Khalid Rasheed Firangi made objection over the clash of Ramadan or Ramzan with the declared poll dates. 

In several states the LS polls are being conducted in multiple phases, the Muslim cleric based in Lucknow pointed out that during the polls from May 6 to May 19, the Muslims can face issues. Khalid has urged the ECI to “respect the sentiments of Muslims” demanding to move the poll dates. 

However, reacting to this, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi rubbished the controversy saying that the objection over the announced LS poll dates as an “insult to the Muslims”.

The controversy being raised regarding the dates of voting during Ramzan is irrelevant. Fasting during Ramzan doesn’t affect normal life. I believe that Muslims will vote more during Ramzan.” Owaisi asserted. 

Speaking on the issue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that this is a deliberate attempt by the opposition to trigger a row in order to divide the country ahead of the LS polls.

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