Waquar Hasan | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI – Despite Arvind Kejriwal’s indifference towards issues concerning Muslims, the Aam Aadmi Party’s all five Muslim candidates won by significant margins from the five constituencies. Among them, Amanatullah Khan won the Okhla seat against the BJP’s Braham Singh by a huge margin of more than 70,000 votes
Notably, AAP’s Abdul Rehman won against the BJP’s Kaushal Kumar Mishra by a margin of 36,920 votes. Shoaib Iqbal won from Matia Mahal against the BJP’s Ravinder Gupta by a margin of 50,241 votes and Haji Yunus won from Mustafabad against the BJP’s Jagadish Pradhan by a margin of 20,704 votes. Imran Hussain won from Ballimaran won by trouncing the BJP’s Lata by 36,172 votes.
The AAP’s other candidates who contested from the constituencies having notable Muslim presence also won with significant margins. AAP’s Gopal Rai was leading by over 35,000 votes against the BJP’s Naresh Gaur, while the party’s Parlad Singh was leading against BJP’s Suman Kumar by 29,584 votes. AAP’s Rajendra Pal won against Lok Janshakti Party’s Sant Lal by a margin of 56,108 votes.
Interestingly, these constituencies also witnessed high turnout. Seelampur recorded the highest with 70.55 per cent voting. It seems the voters cast their votes with the clear vision to defeat the BJP. The votes did not get divided between the AAP and the Congress.
AAP’s candidates secured big wins in the Muslim-dominated constituencies even though Arvind Kejriwal consciously avoided to comment on issues concerning Muslims — like the Citizenship Amendment Act; the Delhi Police’s brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia, etc — during the election campaign. Kejriwal even went on to say that he would have removed Shaheen Bagh sit-in, the epi- centre of the anti-CAA protests led by Muslim women, if the Delhi Police was under him.
Amanatullah won by the huge margin even though he kept the campaign at a low-key with no big road-shows or election rallies.