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New Delhi: In Delhi if there is one section of the electorate that has always remained loyal to the Congress it is the Muslims. And so, even when the Aam Admi Party (AAP) wave was sweeping across Delhi, the Congress knew it could count on the Muslim voters not to abandon them. And sure enough, half of the eight Congress MLAs who were elected in the assembly election held in December were from constituencies with a sizeable Muslim population - Ballimaran (Haroon Yusuf), Okhla (Asif Mohammad) Seelampur (Mateen Ahmed) and Mustafabad (Hasan Ahmed). But AAP's unexpectedly successful debut might just turn out to be a game-changing political event for the Muslim community in Delhi, which accounts for 11 per cent of state's 1.2 crore (12 million) voters. With AAP emerging as the best bet to defeat the BJP in Delhi, some Muslim leaders believe the party could see Congress lose its hold over the community. Says S. Q. R Ilyas, general secretary of the Welfare Party of India, In many of the constituencies, the Muslims will vote for AAP. In state assembly election, they voted for the Congress party because they were not certain of AAP getting so many seats. Now a viable alternative to the Congress party is available in the form of AAP. The Welfare Party of India, founded in 2011, describes itself as an alternative to corrupt, communal, opportunistic and criminalised politics. It made news when it bagged 42000 votes in the Jangipur bye-election in which president Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee contested and won.

<strong>New Delhi:</strong> In Delhi if there is one section of the electorate that has always remained loyal to the Congress it is the Muslims. And so, even when the Aam Admi Party (AAP) wave was sweeping across Delhi, the Congress knew it could count on the Muslim voters not to abandon them. And sure enough, half of the eight Congress MLAs who were elected in the assembly election held in December were from constituencies with a sizeable Muslim population - Ballimaran (Haroon Yusuf), Okhla (Asif Mohammad) Seelampur (Mateen Ahmed) and Mustafabad (Hasan Ahmed). But AAP\'s unexpectedly successful debut might just turn out to be a game-changing political event for the Muslim community in Delhi, which accounts for 11 per cent of state\'s 1.2 crore (12 million) voters. With AAP emerging as the best bet to defeat the BJP in Delhi, some Muslim leaders believe the party could see Congress lose its hold over the community. Says S. Q. R Ilyas, general secretary of the Welfare Party of India, In many of the constituencies, the Muslims will vote for AAP. In state assembly election, they voted for the Congress party because they were not certain of AAP getting so many seats. Now a viable alternative to the Congress party is available in the form of AAP. The Welfare Party of India, founded in 2011, describes itself as an alternative to corrupt, communal, opportunistic and criminalised politics. It made news when it bagged 42000 votes in the Jangipur bye-election in which president Pranab Mukherjee\'s son Abhijit Mukherjee contested and won. [caption id=attachment_1427753 align=alignleft width=380 View full gallery
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