ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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ELECTIONS- Do Muslims Vote as a Block

Asghar Ali Engineer THERE are' well over six crore Muslims in India; they constitute 11.2 per cent of the population. The Muslim vote, if cast en masse' can exercise a decisive influence over the outcome in a general election. There has been an impression; which is only partially true, that the Muslims vote as a block in favour of the ruling party; but studies of the electoral behaviour of the Indian Muslims indicate that the voting trends among Muslims do not differ much from those among other communities. Whenever there has been a general discontent in the country against the ruling party, as in the period before the 1969 general elections, the Muslims have given as much expression to such discontent through their electoral behaviour as any other section of the population.

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