Muslims, who make up about 17 per cent of the population in UP, are chafing at this insult, specially after top BJP leaders such as its president Rajnath Singh and general secretary Arun Jaitley had recently reached out to them, appealing for “one chance” after the people having tried and been “betrayed” by the Congress for decades.
Questioned by a TV channel about the total absence of Muslims from its UP list, Singh ascribed the reason to “winnability”. He said the BJP had given tickets to Muslims in other states (three in Kashmir!) and appealed to all “our Muslim brothers and sisters to join us; we will not allow hatred to prosper”! – Read here