Miya Muslims don’t vote for BJP: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Guwahati: Ahead of the Assam Assembly polls slated for later this year, State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not get any seats in areas dominated by Miya Muslims as they do not vote for the BJP.

‘Miya Muslims’ did not vote for us in Panchayat and 2014 Lok Sabha polls, said Sarma, citing his past experience.

“Miya Muslims don’t vote for us (BJP), I am saying this on the basis of experience. They didn’t vote for us in Panchayat and 2014 Lok Sabha polls. BJP will not get votes in the seats that are in their (Miya Muslims) hands, while other seats are ours,” Sarma told reporters on Saturday.

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Gearing up for the Assembly elections, he added, “We will field our candidates in those (Miya Muslims) seats so that people who do not identify themselves with ‘Miya Muslims’ get an option to vote for lotus (BJP’s symbol) or elephant (Asom Gana Parishad’s symbol).”

The Assembly polls are likely to take place in the April-May time frame for 126 Assembly seats.

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