Muslim voters are showing uneasiness due to the allocation of three tickets by BRS in the Telangana elections.

The Bharat Rashtra Samithi’s (BRS) recent announcement of ticket allocations for the upcoming elections in Telangana has triggered a wave of concern and disillusionment among Muslim voters. The party’s allocation strategy appears to be sidelining the representation of Muslims, leaving them disheartened by their perceived diminishing role in both the BRS and the broader political landscape of the state.As the party unveiled its distribution of tickets, stark disparities in representation have come to the forefront. While various other communities are receiving notable shares of tickets, Muslims are increasingly voicing apprehensions over their limited allocation within the BRS.Notably, the Reddy community, constituting 6.5% of the population, has secured an impressive 39 out of the 115 announced tickets. In contrast, the Muslim population, accounting for 14.46%, has been granted a mere 3 tickets. Moreover, doubts linger regarding the viability of 2 of these candidates, and one is projected to face significant hurdles to victory. Comparatively, the Kumma community, representing 4.8% of the population, has received 6 tickets, and the Velma community, comprising 3%, has secured 9 assembly tickets.The ticket allocation pattern extends to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category, representing 9.91% of the population, with 11 tickets assigned, highlighting the BRS’s divergent approach to representation. Similarly, the Scheduled Caste (SC) segment, constituting 17.5% of the population, has been allotted 19 tickets by the BRS.Political analysts suggest that while the BRS had previously managed to sway Muslim voters by positioning itself as a counterforce to the BJP’s influence in Telangana, a perceptible shift in the party’s approach is now emerging. This transformation seems to reflect a deliberate strategy aimed at downplaying the importance of Muslim voters within the party’s electoral calculations.During the Telangana agitation, BRS leader Chandrasekhar Rao had conveyed a commitment to addressing the concerns of Muslims and enhancing their representation upon gaining power. However, the recent distribution of tickets paints a contrasting picture, leading to disillusionment among Muslim voters.Minority rights activist Miskeen Ahmed asserts that the BRS is seemingly engaged in a calculated effort to diminish Muslim representation within the Legislative Assembly. The party’s decision to field only three Muslim candidates for a population that comprises 14.46% sends a message that Muslim votes may no longer be considered crucial to the party’s electoral fortunes. This perception is resonating among Muslim voters who are sensing a shift in the party’s stance.The controversial ticket allocation has reportedly deepened the frustration among Muslims in the state. The contrast between the allocation of 11 tickets for the 9.91% Dalit population and the mere three tickets for the 14.46% Muslim population amplifies the emerging narrative. This palpable dissatisfaction among Muslims raises doubts about the prospects for reconciliation and fuels concerns about the community’s standing within the BRS and the broader strategic considerations of the party.

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