BJP’s Muslim score: 7 of 482 fielded, no winners

In Bihar, Shahnawaz Husain, the only sitting Muslim MP the BJP has had since the mid-1990s, lost from Bhagalpur.

Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi , Seema Chishti | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2014 1:40 pm

It is the first time that a ruling party has no Muslims in the Lok Sabha, the apparent Modi “wave” having failed to impact the BJP’s Muslim candidates. The party had fielded seven Muslims among 482 candidates (1.45 per cent) and all lost. Of the 17.16 crore votes (31 per cent) the BJP polled nationwide, 5.55 lakh went to its Muslim candidates.

In Bihar, Shahnawaz Husain, the only sitting Muslim MP the BJP has had since the mid-1990s, lost from Bhagalpur, winning 3.58 lakh votes and finishing a close second.

In West Bengal, Badsha Alam (Tamluk) polled 86,265 votes to finish third, and Md Alam (Ghatal) polled 94,842 for fourth place.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP won three seats, but the Muslims given tickets did poorly in the other three seats. Ghulam Mohammed Mir (Baramulla) was sixth with 6,568 votes; Faiyyaz Ahmed Bhat (Srinagar) fourth with 4,467; Mushtaque Ahmed Mallik (Anantnag) fourth with 4,720.

In Lakshadweep, MP Syed Mohammad Koya finished fifth, with 187 votes.

THE OTHER PARTIES

In a Lok Sabha with 23 Muslims, 4 per cent of 543 and the lowest count since 1962, not one of them comes from UP. The BJP won 71 seats there; not one of its candidates was a Muslim. UP had voted in 10 Muslims in 2004, and six in 2009.

With no Muslim anywhere elected from the BJP, states the party swept — Rajasthan and Gujarat — consequently have no Muslim MPs. Nor has Madhya Pradesh.

The Trinamool has four Muslims MPs, the Congress three.

West Bengal has sent the highest number of Muslim MPs at seven. The Trinamool’s four are Sultan Ahmed from Uluberia, Idris Ali from Basirhat, Aparupa Poddar aka Afrin Ali from Arambagh and Mamtaz Sanghamita from Burdwan-Durgapur. The Congress has Mausam Noor and Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury from Maladha Uttar and Dakshin. The CPM has sent Md Selim from Raiganj and Badaruddoza Khan from Murshidabad.

Bihar is next with four Muslim MPs. The Congress has sent Asrarul Haque from Kishanganj, Araria has elected the RJD’s Tasleemuddin, the NCP’s Tariq Anwar has won Katihar, and the LJP’s Mehboob Ali Kaiser (Khagaria) is the only Muslim MP from the NDA.

Kerala has elected Muslims: the Muslim League’s E Ahamed and E Basheer from Mallapuram and Ponnani, and the CPM’s A N Shamseer from Vadakara. Jammu & Kashmir has three, all PDP.
Assam has sent in the UDF’s Badruddin and Sirajuddin Ajmal. Assaduddin Owaisi of the MIM is Andhra Pradesh’s only Muslim MP. In Tamil Nadu, Ramanathapuram has elected Anwhar Raajhaa of the AIADMK. Lakshadweep was won by Md Faizal PP of the NCP.

VIEWPOINTS

Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, head of Dar-ul-Uloom, Deoband, says: “In a democracy, respecting the people’s verdict is a must… After forming government, let’s see what the BJP does… It would be premature to say anything, but we should always hope for betterment.”

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has termed the results an outcome of disunity, division and mutual clashes among secular parties and their leaders. Nusrat Ali, secretary general, said the results are a challenge to secular India. He said some points in the BJP’s manifesto and statements by its leaders have created apprehensions, “but we hope the government and its leaders, in the larger interests of the country, will follow raj dharma and work for justice and equality… ”

Dr Manzoor Alam of the Milli Council said: “Muslims should not feel despondent, but they should rework their approach and analyse how and where they tripped up…”

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    Dinesh
    May 19, 2014 at 9:53 am
    It's not as if BJP had many muslim candidates to pick from. How many muslims have bothered to join the BJP as a party member?
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      Indyadhanush
      May 19, 2014 at 9:46 pm
      How many elected Muslims have done anything for Muslims ?. Why this discussion, did anyone discuss or ask how many Christians, Jews, Shia , Parsis, Adivasi, have been elected ? Are we going to elect and run the country based on quotas based on Hindu and Muslim ?.
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        Prabhakaran Pappalil
        May 19, 2014 at 5:35 am
        As long as the new government does only good for the w potion, there is no reason for any community to feel deprived and lament on having none belonging to their religion. We should get rid of religions and all the people belong to one human race and everybody should work for their upliftment. Make the country strong. Say good bye to terrorism. Live as good citizens and nurture your family and children to come up as good citizens. Let us be a model nation and become strong nation with no divisive tendencies.
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          Joy
          May 19, 2014 at 7:27 am
          "Kerala has elected Muslims: the Muslim League’s E Ahamed and E Basheer from Mallapuram and Ponnani, and the CPM’s A N Shamseer from Vadakara" Statement is wrong. A.N. Shamseer not won. Congress has another MP. Mr. M.I. Shanavaz from Wayanad.
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            Joy
            May 19, 2014 at 7:49 am
            "Kerala has elected Muslims: the Muslim League’s E Ahamed and E Basheer from Mallapuram and Ponnani, and the CPM’s A N Shamseer from Vadakara". Statement is wrong. Shamseer lost election. Congress has M.I. Shahnavaz from Wayanad.
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              Rahul Prasad
              May 19, 2014 at 1:26 am
              Why do you have to keep on communalizing everything ?
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                X-47B
                Aug 26, 2014 at 6:44 pm
                OK. so you should have no problems if all MP's were muslim?
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                  shyam
                  May 19, 2014 at 6:13 am
                  Now there is a great deal of discussion on various media channels whether print or visual that BJP has field very less number of Muslim candidates. Agreed on this point. BJP had already clarified that they have considered win ability of each candidate while choosing their candidates. Now this has created furor in the minds of our secular guards. I am failing to understand one thing. Is selecting Muslim candidate is a confirmation of secular credentials of any party or person? Are we to believe that those who are selected from some community has done great justice to their own munity? If that argument has to be believed SP, JDS, BSP or even congress must have fielded many from that community all these years. I am sure many must have become MP or MLA. Even after this why Muslim potion is raising from their economic miseries. Thats because those who are selected, think only their prosperity. Its only a bogey to gain ticket to fool their own community. instead of arguing on these counts, one must see what measures have been brought to bring their educational levels higher, employment to the youth of that religion. Economic prosperity to poor. One could argue that poor does not have a religion. starvation bothers both hindu and muslim alike. there is no religion for rice, wheat or milk. We should raise from these petty politics to keep away some religion by saying that they have been treated differently. This line of thought we could use for every caste and creed. We should progress economically so much that there no child dies of mal nutrition, every child gets education, every youth gets employment to his skills, every business man gets opportunity to gain reasonable profits for his risk. Every family gets own shelter, every one should get medical aid at reasonable price. I am ashamed to hear when our political parties coin the same words such as caste, poor and secular even after 65 years of our independence. We can only hope that years to come these will become irrelevant and our focus goes to more meaningful areas to take our country to the prosperity.
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