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    Cong ropes in Azhar to grab Muslim votes in WB

    West Midnapore: The Congress has roped in Mohammad Azharuddin as its star attraction as both the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) eye the crucial minority vote bank in West Bengal.

    As the battle for Bengal intensifies, the fight for minority vote too gets intense.

    The TMC and the Congress may be together to bring in a regime change in West Bengal, but they are also competing with each other for the over 27 per cent Muslim votes in the state.

    It's this huge number, which Mamata Banerjee is trying to catch, especially with the Left failing to keep the confidence of the Muslims. Their grudge against the Left Front government is lack of jobs and security, something which Mamata is offering.

    She has promised quick implementation of the Sachar Committee report promising jobs for Muslims. Mamata's choice of Riswanur Rehman's brother Rukbanur as a candidate from the Muslim-dominated Nadia district is an example of her aggression for Muslim votes.

    All these are also worrying the Congress. So the party roped in Mohammad Azharuddin and Ghulam Nabi Azad as the key to the Muslim vote bank.

    "We have always been bothered about minorities," said Azharuddin.

    The Congress has realised that allies need not be friends, and with the party possessive about its appeal to the Muslims, it doesn't want to lose out in this race.