25 Muslim MPs Likely To Be Elected In India, 2 More Than Last Term
25 Muslim members of the Indian Lok Sabha or the parliament are likely to be elected this time around, which is two more than the number in 2014.
None of the 25 Muslim candidates belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Muslim representation in the Lower House comes to less than 5 percent of its total composition, way below the community’s 14-per cent share in the total population.
The BJP, leading in 303 of 542 seats, is again the only winning party in general elections to not have a single Muslim MP. The party had fielded 2 Muslim candidates in Lakshadweep and Kashmir Valley but none of the two have won or are in the lead.
In Uttar Pradesh, the BSP and Samajwadi Party alliance will have three Muslim MPs each in the House: BSP’s Kunwar Danish Ali (Amroha), Afzal Ansari (Ghazipur), Haji Fazlur Rehman (Saharanpur), and the SP’s S T Hassan (Moradabad), Shafique Rehman Barq (Sambhal), and Azam Khan (Rampur).
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen is expected to have 2 Muslim MPs from Hyderabad, including party leader Asaduddin Owaisi.
The Congress has four Muslim candidates who are leading: Abdul Khaleque (Barpeta, Assam), Mohammad Jawed (Kishanganj, Bihar), Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury (Maldah Dakshin, West Bengal), and Mohammad Sadique (Faridkot, Punjab).