BJP has given tickets to nearly 25 Muslims for the first phase of local body polls in UP. The number is all set to go up significantly for the second and third phase of polls which will cover most of west UP districts.
The party has given tickets to five Muslim candidates for Lucknow’s Malihabad nagar panchayat.
In Amethi, BJP has fielded Muslims candidates in Mishrauli, Babaganj South and Ghosiyana wards in Musafirkhana nagar panchayat. The party has also given tickets to a few Muslim candidates in the Pratapgarh district.
BJP spokesman Chandramohan Singh told TOI that the ticket distribution is in accordance with the party’s ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ policy.
BJP has given tickets to five Muslim candidates from Lucknow’s Malihabad nagar panchayat elections. It has fielded Atiya from Joshin Tola, Ali Mohammad from Mohammadan Tola, Imran Ansari from Chaudhrana, Naziya from Kewalhar ward and Azra Bano from Samda ward. Similarly, Abdul Gafoor Khan has been made BJP candidate from Kurshat nagar panchayat of Unnao. In Sonebhadra district, BJP has given ticket to Sarafat Ali from Hameednagar Mahal ward. In Amethi, the saffron party has fielded Tarzan Khan from Mishrauli ward, Shahadat from Babaganj South and Sikander Ahmed from Ghosiyana in Musafirkhana nagar panchayat. In Ghazipur, Mushtaq has got BJP ticket from Jamaniya, Akhtar Jamal from Ansari Mohalla and Feroz from Muhammadabad.
The BJP has also given tickets to a few Muslim candidates in Pratapgarh district. Even in Meerut Municipal Corporation, the BJP has chosen Shaukat Ali and Tanseen Ansari as corporator candidates.