Motihari, Sept. 22: Around 20 per cent of Muslim voters in East Champaran and West Champaran districts has been left confused in the quest for a reliable leader to represent them in the Assembly.
Of 12 Assembly segments — Dhaka, Narkatia, Sugauli and Raxaul in East Champaran — and among nine Assembly seats — Sikta, Ram Nagar and Bagaha in West Champaran — have a sizeable Muslim population of which Dhaka, Narkatia, Sikta and Ram Nagar have the largest number of Muslim voters.
They are in a state of indecision over the political uncertainty created for want of a strong and able leadership in their respective areas.
Gone are the days of leaders like Fazlurrahman, Dr Faiyazul Azam and barrister Hidayatullah Khan. None of them ever tried to promote their family members in politics.
Sons or any close family members of the first two are traceless from politics today, where as Barkat Khan, one of the sons of Hidaytullah, entered politics after his father’s death.
The names of descendents of former Dhaka MLA Idris Ansari have blurred with the passage of time.
Except a former MLA from this district, Shamim Hashmi, who had managed to get an Assembly ticket for his son during his lifetime, Sagir Ahmad, a former MLA from Raxaul and RS member Motiur Rahman, who were embroiled in various controversies, are seen as exceptions today for not promoting their sons or family members in politics during their lifetime.
The undivided Champaran district of the past had honest Muslim leaders, which both the districts lack at present.
Local Muslim leaders from the two districts admit that are in acute dearth of reliable Muslim leaders upon whom the community could bank upon and hand over its leadership.
Political parties always designed ways to allure voters through effective Muslim candidates depending on local issues.
The present trend shows the Muslim voters were also adamant on hunting out leaders of their taste that they bother the least about their resemblance with the previous representatives.
Champaran could be cited among the very few examples in Indian politics, where most of the erstwhile Muslim leaders remained “untainted” and free of the charge of promoting a trend of family politics.
On the contrary, majority of political leaders in the country were desperate to promote “dynasty culture” in politics due to which they always remained embroiled in controversies.