Focusing mainly on the young Muslin voters, the BSP has introduced a young and Vibrant Muslim face to to win over the huge target group in Uttar Pradesh.
Veteran leader, Naseemuddin Siddiqui has been given the responsibility of handling Party’s affairs in Western Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, the party has also announced the appointment of Naseemuddin’s Son Afzal Siddiqui, 27 as “Muslim bhaichara-in-charge”. This move is motivated with the view of appeasing Muslim youth more than anything.
Afzal is in charge of leading 12 divisional conveners. The conveners bear the responsibility of interacting with the voters at the ground level and analyzing the situation. Most of the conveners who are associated with the Bhaichara team are way below 40 years of age, presenting a young image of the party.
In a rally in Sunday, Mayawati urged the Muslims to joint together and vote for the BSP to stop the BJP from coming into the power. She also said that there is no point in wasting your vote on congress or the reigning Samajwadi Party. BSP is hoping that the recent communal tensions will sway a huge chunk of the votes towards BSP especially the youth votes.
A former MP from BSP said that Muslims nowadays are more aware than ever before, they know what is good for them and what is bad. He also said that the internal feud in the Samajwadi party is not going to do any good for the people of UP as well.
Alam Rana, Another young face who is also the convener of the Bhaichara’s Saharanpur division said that they got huge crowds in the meetings organized at Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli due to the inclusion of Afzal in the party. Many young Muslim voters are able to relate to him and that really is helping us to make a connect with the people of UP. At least 25 percent of all the team members are youngsters, Rana added.
Afzal also contested in the 2014 lok sabha elections where he lost to BJP’s Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. His father, Naseemuddin Siddiqui is a has been a close aide to BSP supremo Mayawati whereas his mother is a former MLC. In August this year, Mayawati assigned the duty of appeasing Muslim votes in the western Uttar Pradesh to Afzal Siddiqui.
Afzal lives in Delhi with his wife Sanaa and son, Umair. His name first burst into the scene for all the wrong reasons when his family was accused of possessing more assets in proportion to their known sources of income. The UP lokayukta also found out that meat shop that Afzal was running was built under illegal possession. Despite all the odds, Azal was the go-to man for Mayawati in her pursuit to power and appeasing Muslim voters in the Western UP