A tactical voting by the Muslim community in Uttar Pradesh
elections has not only helped Samajwadi Party (SP) to storm to
power, but it also has resulted in the winning of 69 Muslim
legislators. Total number of Muslim MLAs in the last assembly was
Most of the 69 Muslim MLAs who won
the 2012 assembly elections are from the Samajwadi Party (SP). It
has sent 42 Muslim MLAs. Samajwadi Party (SP) has won the assembly
elections by winning 224 seats - a tally enough to form the
government on its own.
The Uttar Pradesh assembly has a
total of 403 seats, and to form a government, a party needs at
least 202 seats.
Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), which
was in power in last assembly and lost this elections to SP, has a
total of 16 Muslim MLAs out of 80 seats it has won.
The Congress party which is
humiliated in the elections, has 04 Muslim MLAs. Cong and its ally
RLD has together won a total of 38 seats.
Rest of the Muslim MLAs are from the
smaller and little known Muslim parties - some of them formed
barely months before the assembly elections.
The surprise winners
among these parties are Peace Party of India. The party formed in
2008, has succeeded in winning three Muslim MLAs. Peace Party of
India has surprised everyone by winning a seat in Rae Bareli - the
parliamentary seat represented by Sonia Gandhi in Lok Sabha.
Ittehad-E-Millat Council has also
been able to win one seat - from Bhojipura.
Uttar Pradesh has a strong Muslim
presence in the entire states. Some of the constituencies have
over 80% Muslim population.