New Delhi: The new generation political parties launched by Muslims have failed to evolve common strategy in the General Election. Though some efforts were made to bring them together on a common platform and there were signs of rapprochement between Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and Welfare Party of India (WPI) but nothing came through. The leaders of both parties had earlier expressed hopes that they would consider seat adjustments. But SDPI is now contesting in 30 seats in states like Kerala, West Bengal, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. When the party released its election manifesto in New Delhi the Party President Mr. A Sayeed said that the party was seriously considering electoral cooperation with WPI .Mr. S Q R Ilyaas the General Secretary of WPI concurred with the suggestions, He also said that his party would field candidates in 20 seats in Maharashtra, West Bengal Andhra Pradesh etc and would cooperate with SDPI wherever possible.
But at the end of the day DSPI and WPI are at loggerheads in many states. In West Bengal both the parties have their own candidates in Malda South Janghipur and Murshidabad .Observers say they could have made considerable inroads into Muslim and Dalit votes had they fought jointly.In2012 both the parties have threatened the prospects of the Congress (I) candidate Abhijit Mukherjee by collecting around 70000 votes . He defeated CPI (M) candidate by less than 3000 votes.
In Kerala surprisingly WPI has refused to support SDPI even in constituencies where the party has no candidate .They have declared open support to Revolutionary Marxist Party(RMP) an extremist breakaway group from CPI (M) in Vatakara constituency where a prominent SDPI leader is in the fray.RMP represents the anti-Muslim faction among the leftists in Kozhikode Dist . They supported a Dalit leader in Attingal in South Kerala.
In Ponnani Malappuram Dist, a Muslim League stronghold, they have no candidate but worked for a weak non- entity while a youngish SDPI candidate is creating some headache to IUML leadership.
It is believed that the national leadership of WPI was under tremendous pressure from Kerala not to have any truck with SDPI .Kerala units of both Jamaat-e-Islami and WPI are known to be rivals of SDPI.
Intriguingly Muslim Majlis-e- Mushawarat, one of the common platforms of Muslims, has extended support to none of these parties . Jamaat-e-Islami is the leading organization in MMM and its President Dr Zafarul Islam Khan is a top WPI leader. But Mushawarat has asked Muslims to support Congress, AAP JDU BSP and such secular parties.
In this election all parties have given the go by to the Muslim concerns about UAPA, racial profiling and rampant discrimination lest they should give fuel to the communal steam roller driven by Modi .So in this election also, Muslims will go under represented in the Parliament and the moral responsibility for the letdown will go to the leadership of the newly formed political outfits of Muslims, at a time when Muslims need their own political identity for the survival.