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4 states,589 elected,8 Muslims

Seven of the eight were sitting members re-elected from their seats; the exception won from Delhi.

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Mumbai | Published: December 11, 2013 3:27:38 am

The newly elected assemblies will have eight Muslim members,down from 20 last time,out of a total of 589 in four of the five states that have had elections. This is not counting the MLA from Rajasthan’s Churu,who is yet to be elected,and those from Mizoram,which has a very small Muslim population and no Muslim MLA.

In Delhi,Rajasthan,Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,Muslims constitute 7.03 per cent of the cumulative population,as per census figures. The current representation in the four assemblies works out to 1.35 per cent.

Seven of the eight were sitting members re-elected from their seats; the exception won from Delhi.

The largest drop has been in Rajasthan,which had 12 Muslim MLAs in 2008 and now has two. Intriguingly,both Yunus Khan from Deedwana and Habibur Rehman from Nagaur have been elected on BJP tickets. The BJP had fielded two other Muslims,who lost. The Congress had fielded 16.

In Delhi,five Muslim MLAs have been elected,four on Congress tickets and one on a Janata Dal one. Asif Mohammed Khan,who has won from Okhla,is the only new Muslim MLA in the four states. The Aam Admi Party fielded six Muslims,none of whom won.

In Madhya Pradesh,a lone Muslim MLA was elected,and it was in a contest with another Muslim. Senior Congress leader Arif Aqeel,four-time MLA from Bhopal North,retained the seat after a contest against Arif Baig,the only Muslim given a ticket by the BJP in that state.

In Chhattisgarh,the only two Muslim faces of the 2008 assembly lost their seats. The state now has no Muslim MLA.

The BJP’s two Muslim winners in Rajasthan come out of a total of six Muslims it fielded across the four states. The Congress’s five winners in Delhi and MP come out of a total of 29 across the four states. In 2008,the BJP had given tickets to five Muslims and the Congress to 27.

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