Why are Muslim voters given such high preference in Uttar Pradesh? The simple answer is that they can decisively swing the balance in no less than 143 Assembly seats out of 403.
In these 143 constituencies, approximately 70 have 20-30 percent Muslim voters, while in 73 seats, they amount to over 30 percent of the total voter base.
Percentage of Muslim voters is between 10 and 20 in another 140 seats, which is also enough to make or mar the chances of any political party.
The community is extremely influential in deciding election results especially in Rohilkhand and western UP.
Muslims are known to be traditional followers of the Samjwadi Party. Here are some statistics which will help you better understand the political importance of the community in the state.
(Translated from The Quint, Hindi by Harshita Murarka)