Imam spells out what others could not: Muslims wary of Modi
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Just outside Jama Masjid, a barber shaves a boy's head while All India Radio airs the voter turnout for the first three hours of polling in the capital. A curious crowd gathers around the radio.
Voting began slowly and picked pace after noon as the labourers of the Walled City woke up to a holiday and poured into the streets looking for work. As the bulletin ends, people begin discussing which way the tide may turn. "They keep talking about Lokpal but I don't see it happening," one says and others join in with details of when they had last seen the local MLA.
Less than 100 m away, the Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya serves as a polling booth, where policemen remind people that they cannot carry mobile phones inside the booth.
"In a locality like this, blame gets transferred and nothing gets done. We have many problems — we get water only for four hours in the morning, which is so contaminated that it cannot be used for drinking. Besides, the condition of the roads is there for everyone to see," Khursheed Jahan (50) says.
Will she vote for the same MLA again? "Yes, what choice do we have? There is a lack of trust for the BJP. We are traditional Congress voters."
In these Muslim majority constituencies — Matia Mahal, Ballimaran and Chandni Chowk — voters show an eagerness to maintain status quo.
An imam in Bazar Lal Kuan, says what others won't. "People are wary of Modi and that's why they will not vote for the BJP, irrespective of the candidate," he said. Athar Javed has lived here all his life and voted for the candidate who "seems trustworthy".
BJP workers in the area are seen putting together plates of biryani. "The local MLA is not secular, we need to make sure we change that this time," one of them says.