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Bajrang Dal Ban’ Gives Congress Upper Hand in Old Mysore

The Karnataka Congress party’s decision to ban the right-wing Hindu organization, Bajrang Dal, in the state has paid off in the recent local body elections. Despite concerns that the move could alienate Hindu voters, the Congress leadership stood firm in arguing that the group’s activities posed a threat to communal harmony.

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The election results validated the party’s choice as it gained a sizable number of seats, some of which were won for the first time, in Old Mysore’s Muslim-dominated neighborhoods. Political observers contend that by taking this action, Congress has effectively communicated to the Muslim community its commitment to defending their rights while not alienating Hindu voters who support secularism and condemn radicalism.

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As the party looks to repeat its victory in other Muslim-dominated districts before the Assembly elections next year, the Congress’ win in Old Mysore is anticipated to have an impact on the entire state. The BJP, however, must choose between siding with its traditional Hindu base and taking a more moderate attitude towards right-wing organizations.

Overall, Congress’s plan to outlaw the Bajrang Dal has worked wonders in Old Mysore, allowing it to seize territory that had previously belonged to the BJP. This surprise triumph proves that opposing extremist organizations vehemently can appeal to voters favorably even in regions where they have a sizable presence.

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