This year,at least two candidates of the Muslim community might contest the Lok Sabha polls from Godhra constituency.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) has already announced that it will field a Muslim candidate from this constituency,while the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) headed by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan is also planning to have a Muslim candidate from Godhra.
According to SPs Lok Sabha election candidate from Bharuch,Kanaksinh Mangrol,who was in Godhra on Tuesday,party leaders Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav are to visit the constituency in a few days and will announce the contestants name.
However,sources said,the SP is likely to select Firdous Kothi,the steel baron of Godhra,as its contestant. No other Muslim leader except Ahmed Patel of Congress from Bharuch has represented the state in the last 25 years, said Mangrol.
However,he said,the SP is yet to finalise the name of its candidate for Godhra.
Our party has decided to field a Muslim candidate,as the community is under- represented. The leaders would announce the name of the candidate by this weekend, Mangrol added.
Meanwhile,speculations are rife that LJP is also likely to field a Muslim candidate from the constituency,said a local party official.
The LJP district secretary,Shakeel Ahmed Tijoriwala,said the party is yet to finalise the candidate. However,the party high command prefers a Muslim candidate from Godhra, he said.
Tijoriwala said there has been a rise in political activism among Muslims after Godhra riots.
Incidentally,in the 13th Lok Sabha elections in 1999,Nationalist Congress Partys candidate,advocate Kashim Abul Ala Ahmad Hussain,had received just 1.44 per cent of the total votes cast. Kashim died in a road accident in 2004 under mysterious conditions.