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Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat failed in sending any

Monday May 18, 2009 11:35:48 AM, Team ummid


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Malegaon: The 15th Lok Sabha that would be formally constituted any moment in the ensuing week will have a meager 28 Muslim MPs, far less than needed if compared with the percentage of their population, 13.4 percent according to the 2001 census.


The erstwhile Parliament had a total of 34 Muslim MPS from all over the country. However, though the political parties, on more than one occasion, expressed their concern over the declining number of Muslim MPs, they failed in evolving a concrete strategy for electing eligible and winnable Muslim candidates in this election also.


The result is on the expected lines. The election that gave a thumping victory to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and other secular parties led by Congress, and that could have also sent at least few more Muslim MPs, failed in electing the desired number of Muslim MPs. Of the total 780 Muslim candidates who contested the election, most of them being independents, but only 28 of them succeeded in making it to the new parliament. 


In Maharashtra, though the community leaders were asking from the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) high command to nominate five Muslim candidates from the constituencies with good Muslim populations, they did not pay any heed to this legitimate demand. They however nominated Abdul Rehman Antulay and Azam Pansare, respectively from Congress and NCP in the general election. Both of them failed in winning the elections resulting in a zero Muslim representation from Maharashtra. While Abdul Rehman Antulay was a Minister in the last cabinet, Azam Pansare, a popular NCP leader in the Pune-Pimpri region is instrumental in strengthening the party in that region.


Abu Asim Azmi, the Samajwadi Party (SP) Maharashtra president also failed in garnering the sufficient votes in his favour to win the election. The results in Aurangabad and Malegaon, two Muslim dominated towns in Maharashtra are more worrisome. In these two towns not only that the Muslim candidates in the fray failed in winning the elections, they also ensured the victory of the candidates from the Saffron alliance.


Likewise in Gujarat, which has not sent a single Muslim MP since last 25 years, Muslims including Ahmed Patel, the powerful political advisor to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi, worked hard to ensure victory of Congress candidate Aziz Tankarvi from Bharuch in this election. But he too failed in winning the election. Tankarvi is editor of Gujarati daily 'Gujarat Today' which is said to be very popular among the Muslim masses in Gujarat.


Karnataka too that had few regular Muslim faces like CK Jaffer Shareif in its list of MPs, this time could not send a single Muslim MP from the state.


Like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Orissa are the other major states that despite having a sizeable number of Muslim population failed in sending any single Muslim MP from the state.


Uttar Pradesh (UP) on the other hand has sent the maximum, 7 Muslim MPs. West Bengal (WB) though follows with a tally of 6 Muslim MPs, it too had a shock as Mohd Salim, the CPM veteran lost by a huge number of votes.


Assam however has a surprise, where Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi led Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) performed beyond expectations in the election and ensured its debut to the Parliament. AUDF is sending its president Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi as its MP in the 15th Lok Sabha.


It is shocking to note that the leaders like Abdul Rehman Antulay of Congress, Mohd Salim of CPM, Azam Pansare of NCP and Aziz Tankarvi of Congress, who claim to have worked for years to strengthen their parent parties in their respective regions could not win their own elections. More than the political parties, the results are an eye-opener for the Muslim community in India.


List of the Muslim MPs in the New Parliament:


 1. Asadudduin Owaisee, Majlise Ittehad ul Muslimin (MIM),      Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

 2. Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi, Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF),   Dhubri, Assam

 3. Ismail Husain, Congress, Barpeeta, Assam

 4. Mohd Israrul Haque Qasmi, Congress, Kishan Ganj, Bihar

 5. Manazir Husain, Janata Dal (United), Begum Sarai, Bihar

 6. Shahnawaz Husain, Bharti Janata Party (BJP), Bhagulpur, Bihar

 7. Sharifuddin Sharique, National Conference (NC), Baramula, Jammu Kashmir

 8. Faruque Abdullah, National Conference (NC), Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir

 9. Peer Mohd Husain, National Conference (NC), Anantnaag, Jammu Kashmir

10. Hasan Khan, Independent, Laddakh, Jammu Kashmir

11. E. Ahmad, Muslim League, Mullapuram, Kerala

12. ET Mohd Basheer, Muslim League, Punani, Kerala

13. Abdul Rehman, DMK, Vellur, Tamil Nadu

14. Harun Rasheed JM, Congress, Thaini, Tamil Nadu

15. Tabassum Begum, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Kairana, Uttar Pradesh

16. Qadir Rana, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Muzaffar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh

17. Mohd Azharuddin, Congress, Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh

18. Shafiqur Rehman Berque, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Sumbhal, Uttar Pradesh

19. Zafar Ali Naqwi, Congress, Khairi, Uttar Pradesh

20. Qaiser Jahan, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh

21. Salman Khurshid, Congress, Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh

22. Mausam Noor, Congress, Malda-North, West Bengal

23. Hashim Khan Choudhary, Congress, Malda, West Bengal

24. Ab Mannan Husain, Congress, Murshedabad, West Bengal

25. Noorul Islam, Trinamul Congress, Bashirhut, West Bengal

26. Sultan Ahmad, Trinamul Congress, Aluberia, West Bengal

27. Shaikh Sadiqul Haque, CPM, Berdwan, West Bengal

28. Mohd Hamdullah Saeed, Congress, Lakshdeep








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