BJP in their recent initiatives for the 2019 polls has claimed that one of its primary objectives would be to increase the minority vote in favour of the party. To execute such a plan, the party aims to have around 15 to 20 members as volunteers from the Muslim dominated booths in the country and try to help them in increasing the party’s share of minority rights.
The BJP has often been alleged by the opposition for not catering to the rights of the minorities and prioritising their needs. As spoken by a senior BJP official, that the party has not exclusively looked into the minorities rights in the past. However, this time it has been promised by the party that it would cater to the interests of the minorities as ‘no stone must be left unturned’ for the party’s success in the upcoming polls. Earlier, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had claimed that the ‘fear mongering’ of the opposition will no more remain once BJP gains the 30-35% of the minorities vote.
However, the senior official of the party has claimed that this time the inclusion of minorities’ interests will happen informally and not like Atal Bihari Vajpayee Himayat Committee. The Committee was formed in Lucknow under Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed in the year 2004 which aimed to highlight the “achievements” of the Vajpayee government and asked Muslims to shed their “prejudices” against the BJP. Upon, being questioned he responded that the earlier plan was flawed and the idea had to be more effectively implemented.
“That experiment was flawed and did not work,” said the BJP leader. “It did not increase the vote share among Muslims but had the effect of alienating some Hindu support for the party, as they saw it as ‘appeasement’.”
The party as of now has come up with a plan to have around 20 campaigns for this purpose and to include a team of SC, ST and OBC’s in its functioning.