Ever since the dates of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections came out, a new debate took over the internet. In West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh wherein the elections are rolling out in seven phases, some dates are to clash with Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar that is observed by the community with a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, as per the belief. The Election Commission's decision wasn't unanimously agreed to.
Both Aam Aadmi Party and Trinamool Congress claimed it was a plan of the present Government to sabotage minority votes in these states. It is to be noted that minority votes consist of close to 30% of the total votes in Bengal alone. While plenty of opinions in favour and against of TMC and AAP's claim are surfacing, lyricist Javed Akhtar believes that this debate makes no sense and the Election Commission should not be paying any attention to it. In a series of tweets, he called the debate 'repulsive, revolting and intolerable'.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi, as well, said the concerns weren't valid and Ramzan wouldn't be a hurdle for casting votes.
"As a Muslim I welcome the election in Ramzan. Muslims are more devotional in that month. Election is a long process. We fast and we vote in Ramzan. This Ramzan, the Muslim vote percentage will be increased. We will defeat evil forces," he said, adding that anyone objecting to the election during Ramzan did not understand Islam.