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Congress uses Batla House encounter to woo UP Muslims

Congress's 'Chanakya' Digvijaya Singh has once again used the Batla House encounter to woo the Muslims of Uttar Pradesh. In Azamgarh, as young Muslims expressed their anger against Rahul Gandhi by waving black flags, Digvijaya pulled out the Batla House encounter tool to convert adversity into an opportunity.

January 12, 2012 / 11:15 AM IST

Congress's 'Chanakya' Digvijaya Singh has once again used the Batla House encounter to woo the Muslims of Uttar Pradesh. In Azamgarh, as young Muslims expressed their anger against Rahul Gandhi by waving black flags, Digvijaya pulled out the Batla House encounter tool to convert adversity into an opportunity.


This is not the first time that Digvijay has attempted to shift the blame for the encounter killings at the Centre but it is the timing of his statement which is crucial. It comes just a couple of days after Salman Khurshid stirred the quota pot again promising 9 per cent sub quota for Muslims in jobs in UP.


Up for grabs is the 18 per cent Muslim vote in UP. So every trick is being used by the Congress. Just 24 hours back, it was Rahul Gandhi's turn to become messiah for Muslims. He brought young Faizaan on stage hailing him as the real architect of the special economic package for weavers in UP.


In Muslim dominated areas of UP like Bareily, Muradabad and Rampur, where the Samajwadi Party also has a hold, the Congress's wooing of Muslims is being looked closey.

Using the Batla House encounter theory in the midst of a high pitched election campaign can be a master stroke for the congress. But it also has the potential of once again opening the faulty lines in a party which has already seen a lot of infighting.

first published: Jan 12, 2012 11:12 am

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