Ayodhya (UP): Rajanpur village in Rudauli assembly segment in Ayodhya seems as ordinary as hundreds of other villages in the area. What has suddenly made it extraordinary is the fact this Hindu-dominated village has recently elected a Muslim as a Gram Pradhan.
Hafiz Azimuddin Khan is the new Gram Pradhan in Rajanpur. His is the only Muslim family in this predominantly Hindu village. Hafiz was also the lone Muslim candidate with 7 Hindu candidates.
The other seven Hindu candidates tried to win the constituency by promising allotment of land, pension schemes, and houses under the PM Awas Yojana. The villagers still voted for Hafiz Azimuddin, bagging him the victory.
After winning the elections, Azimuddin said: “My victory is an example of Hindu-Muslim affinity not only in village Rajanpur but entire Ayodhya.”
According to him, all the funds allocated for gram pradhan would be utilized for the development of the village. Basic amenities will be augmented, and jobs will be provided to all those entitled under the MGNREGA.
As reported by Hindustan Times – Radhay Shyam, 53, a native of village Rajanpur, was happy with Azimuddin’s victory.
“Azimuddin’s victory is a signal of Hindu-Muslim unity in this village and the rest of Ayodhya. The day Azimuddin filed for his candidature, most of us decided to vote for him.”
Following the COVID-19 protocols, the oath-taking ceremony of gram pradhans and zila panchayat members have been postponed by the state government.
Elections of chairman, zila panchayat, and block pramukhs have also been postponed.