MEWAT: 28-year-old Miranda House alumnus Nauksham Chaudhary is creating a stir after being fielded as a BJP candidate in one of most backward Muslim-dominated district in Haryana.
Hailing from Punhana, the daughter of a retired judge and a bureaucrat, Nauksham ditched the world of glitz and glamour and was drawn to hurly burly of politics after she was allotted the ticket from the Punhana assembly seat in Mewat.
Milan to Mewat
Nauksham, who has Master’s Degree in fashion, business and brand management from Milan and a flourishing career abroad has returned to India just about a month ago to plunge into politics.
Drawing curious crowds while campaigning, Nauksham said to fight to help BJP win backward seat in the north state of Haryana, which goes to polls on October 21.
Punhana- Muslim Dominated
Punhana is a Muslim-dominated constituency.
The region has about 5 lakh voters and around 80 per cent of them are Muslims and 20 % Hindus.
Punhana lacks basic infrastructure, employment opportunities that has remained the same for decades.
Lotus Failed To Bloom
Punhana is a tough nut to crack for the BJP. The party is exercising to strengthen its base for a long time, but due to the Muslim majority area, it could not make a foothold.
Despite PM Modi wave in 2014, the saffron party couldn’t even manage second place in any of the three assembly seats of Mewat – Nuh, Punhana, Ferozepur Jhirka.
Muslim Voters – King in Mewat
Muslim voters are playing a decisive role in Mewat’s Nuh, Punhana, Ferozepur Jhirka seat.
Therefore, by giving tickets to Muslims with the message of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, the party wants to win the assembly seats of Mewat region in this assembly elections.
Hindu face in Muslim Region
With Nauksham, the saffron party is confident to break the religion fixation of voters in Mewat region’s Meo Muslim-dominated Punhana constituency.