Assembly polls: BJP, Cong give a short shrift to Muslims

Bhopal: Call it Hindutva or any of its various hues, but it is a fact that Muslims have been short-changed in the ongoing Assembly elections in five states by both the BJP and the Congress.

There are a total of 679 Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. However, both the Congress and the BJP taken together have fielded just 32 Muslim candidates in these states. Of them, 27 are Congress nominees. The BJP has chosen to field just five Muslim candidates – an average of one per state.

And this, when Muslims form 10 per cent of the population of these states and can impact the electoral outcome in at least 88 constituencies.

No Muslim BJP candidate in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram

MP has 230 constituencies. The BJP has fielded just one Muslim candidate from the state while the Congress has fielded three. In Rajasthan’s 200 constituencies, the BJP and the Congress have nominated two and 15 Muslim candidates respectively. In Chhattisgarh, with 90 constituencies, none of the BJP candidates is a Muslim while the Congress has fielded two Muslims. In Telagnana’s 119 constituencies, there are seven Congress and two BJP candidates. Mizoram has 40 seats and none of the parties has fielded a Muslim.