Azamgarh: While several top political parties are eyeing Muslim votes in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, a newly floated political outfit is seeking votes in the name of Islam, promising to establish Islamic rule in the country.
According to reports, a poster released by the party reads: ''There is only one way to establish Islamic rule in India – Islam Party''.
U P की एक पार्टी हिन्दुस्तान पर इस्लाम की हूकुमुत के नाम पर वोट मांग रही है
और कुछ लोग बीजेपी पर ध्रुविकरण की राजनीति का आरोप लगाते हैं pic.twitter.com/bxj3hp94zR
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The poster, while urging the local voters to vote in the name of Islam, also carries a picture of the party's national general secretary Aftab Qamar Ansari.
Interestingly, the party has fielded Ansari for 346 Mubarakpur Assembly constituency of Azamgarh.
Azamgarh city in the eastern UP of India has a rich history and a substantial Muslim population.
Samajwadi Party (SP), mainly backed by Muslims, had emerged as the single largest party with clear majority and formed the government in the state by defeating its main rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 2012 assembly polls in the state.
The Muslim representation in the 403-seat assembly after the 2012 polls is now nearly 17.12%, which is close to Muslim population share (18.50%) in the total population of the state.