Only 110 Muslim MLAs elected out of 824 seats in four states and one UT

  • Muslims yet again fail to cross proportional representation barrier
  • The 126-member Assam Assembly will have for the first time in 50 years, no Muslim member in the treasury benches.

By Abdul Bari Masoud

New Delhi:  Only 103 Muslim candidates were elected in four states and one Union Territory in the recently held assembly elections where Muslim voters are in sizable number particularly in  Assam, West Bengal and Kerala. Their ratio is between 28 to 35 percent in these states but they yet again failed to cross the proportional barrier as far as Muslim representation is concerned. Of late Muslim representation- whether in national or provincial assemblies- has been witnessing further decline in the wake of Hindutva inspired politics of polarization prevailing in the county.

West Bengal

In West Bengal, where Hindutva juggernaut failed badly, but only 42 Muslim candidates managed to  make to the newly elected assembly, while in the dissolved house there were 59 Muslim MLAs from Trinamool Congress, Congress and Left Front. The same number of 59 MLAs was elected in 2011 as well. Among the winners 32 were from TMC, 18 Congress, 8 Left and  one from AIFB.

All but one Muslim MLA  elected to the West Bengal Assembly  are from TMC and the lone Muslim MLA who does not belong to the TMC is Mohammad Naushad Siddique who has won the West Bengal 2021 state polls on Rashtriya Secular Majlis Party (RSMP) ticket.

In the new house 41 won on the TMC and one on Rashtriya Secular Majlis Party (RSMP) tickets.

Despite landslide victory of TMC, the main reason behind the fall in Muslim representation is the ruling party’s miserly attitude towards Muslim community. Instead of giving more tickets to Muslims, the party leadership has cut down it from 56 to 44 seats this time. It is clear case of taking the community for granted.

 The Muslim representation in the state may increase by two more members as the election for two assembly constituencies have been postponed. These seats come under Muslim-dominated Murshidabad district.  West Bengal has 30 percent Muslim population and in proportion to their population, at least 75 Muslim MLAs should have been in the assembly.

Assam

In neighboring Assam, where Muslims account for more 35 percent of the state’s total population only 32 made to the state legislature, which the second-highest after the 33 who were elected in the controversial 1983 elections held during the peak of the Assam Agitation. Of the 32 Muslim winners of the Mahajot, 16 were  from Congress and 16  from  AIUDF respectively . The two parties won 29 and 16 seats, both improving upon their 2016 performance by three seats each.

While the strike rate of the AIUDF – it contested 19 eats – was 85%  and of the Congress (95 seats contested) was 30.52%.

The second-highest after the 33 who were elected in the controversial 1983 elections held during the peak of the Assam Agitation

The 126-member Assam Assembly will have for the first time in 50 years no Muslim member in the treasury benches. The BJP had fielded six Muslim candidates, but all of them lost.

“There has been a narrative in Assam that Muslims will someday take over most of the constituencies. Fact is, the most they can win is 35-36 seats if the constituencies remain as they are. Apart from 1983, the number of Muslim representatives in the Assembly has usually hovered around the 25 mark,” political scientist Prasant Rajguru told The  Hindu..

He further said this false narrative picked up steam after 27 Muslims were elected in 1978, which ‘nationalist’ groups found was alarmingly high compared to the 21 seats they won in 1972. It was one of the triggers of the Assam Agitation that began to associate “illegal immigrants” with “Bangladeshis” aka Muslims.

Kerala

The 140 member Kerala assembly will have 32 Muslim MLAs. Among them, 15 are from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), nine from Left parties, three from Congress, three Independents and one each from Indian National League and National Secular Conference. The outgoing assembly had 29 Muslims, three more have been added this time. Muslims account for over 27 percent of the total population in the state.

Tamil Nadu Assembly  will have five Muslim MLAs while in UT Puducherry Assembly there will be one Muslim.  

 List of newly elected Muslim MLAs in all four states and UT

West Bengal

1-RAFIQUR RAHAMAN (TMC)

2-ABDUR RAHIM QUAZI (TMC)

3-RAFIKUL ISLAM MONDAL (TMC)

4-HASANUZZAMAN SK (TMC)

5-IDRIS ALI (TMC)

6-MD. NAWSAD SIDDIQUE (RASHTRIYA SECULAR MAJLIS PARTY)

7-HUMAYUN KABIR (TMC)

8-SAOKAT MOLLA (TMC)

9-AZAD MINHAJUL ARFIN (TMC)

10-RUKBANUR RAHMAN (TMC)

11-HAMIDUL RAHAMAN (TMC)

12-HUMAYUN KABIR (TMC)

13-RAHIMA MONDAL (TMC)

14-JAFIKUL ISLAM (TMC)

15-MANIRUL ISLAM (TMC)

16-MD. GHULAM RABBANI (TMC)

17-NIAMOT SHEIKH (TMC)

18-TAJMUL HOSSAIN (TMC)

19-ISLAM SK NURUL (HAJI) (TMC)

20-ABDUL KARIM CHOWDHARY (TMC)

21-MOSARAF HUSSEN (TMC)

22-ABDUR RAZZAK (TMC)

23-NASIRUDDIN AHAMED (LAL) (TMC)

24-AHMED JAVED KHAN (TMC)

25-KETUGRAM – SEKH SAHONAWEZ (TMC)

26-KOLKATA PORT – FIRHAD HAKIM (TMC)

27-TORAF HOSSAIN MANDAL (TMC)

28-ALI MOHAMMAD (TMC)

29-GIAS UDDIN MOLLA (TMC)

30-ABDUR RAHIM BOXI (TMC)

31-ABDUL KHALEQUE MOLLA (TMC)

32-CHOWDHURY SIDDIQULLAH (TMC)

33-YEASMIN SABINA (TMC)

34-DR MOSARRAF HOSSAIN (TMC)

35-KALLOL KHAN (TMC)

36-SAHINA MOMTAZ KHAN (TMC

37-PHIROJA BIBI (TMC)

38-AKHRUZZAMAN (TMC)

39-ABDUL SOUMIK HOSSAIN (TMC)

40-RABIUL ALAM CHOWDHURY (TMC)

41-FIRDOUSI BEGUM (TMC)

42-MD ABDUL GHANI (TMC)

ASSAM

1-  SIDDEQUE AHMED (CONGRESS)

2- ABDUL AZIZ (AIUDF)

3-ZAKIR HUSSAIN LASKAR (AIUDF)

4-SUZAM UDDIN LASKAR (AIUDF)

5-NIJAM UDDIN CHOUDHURY (AIUDF)

6-KARIM UDDIN BARBHUIYA (AIUDF)

7-MISBAHUL ISLAM LASKAR (CONGRESS)

8-KHALIL UDDIN MAZUMDER (CONGRESS)

9-NUMAL MOMIN (BJP)

10-MD. AMINUL ISLAM (AIUDF)

11-WAZED ALI CHOUDHURY (CONGRESS)

12-DHUBRI NAZRUL HOQUE (AIUDF)

13-NIZANUR RAHMAN (AIUDF)

14-ABDUS SOBAHAN ALI SARKAR (CONGRESS)

15-HAFIZ BASHIR AHMED (AIUDF)

16-SAMSUL HUDA (AIUDF)

17-ABDUL BATIN KHANDAKAR (CONGRESS)

18-ABUL KALAM RASHID ALAM (CONGRESS)

19-ABDUR RASHID MANDAL (CONGRESS)

20-JALESWAR AFTAB UDDIN MOLLAH (CONGRESS)

21-ABDUR RAHIM AHMED (CONGRESS)

22-RAFIQUL ISLAM (AIUDF)

23-SHERMAN ALI AHMED (CONGRESS)

24-JAKIR HUSSAIN SIKDAR (CONGRESS)

25- ASHRAFUL HUSSAIN (AIUDF)

26-REKIBUDDIN AHMED (CONGRESS)

27-MAZIBUR RAHMAN (AIUDF)

28-DR. ASIF MOHAMMAD NAZAR (CONGRESS)

29-AMINUL ISLAM (AIUDF)

30-NURUL HUDA (CONGRESS)

31-RAKIBUL HUSSAIN (CONGRESS)

32-SIRAJ UDDIAN AJMAL (AIUDF)

KERALA

1-ANWAR SADATH    INC

2-H. SALAM                CPI(M)

3-P. A. MOHAMMED RIYAS       CPI(M)

4-P. K. BASHEER        IUML

5-M. NOUSHAD         CPI(M)

6-N. K. AKBAR            CPI(M)

7-T. SIDDIQUE            INC

8-M. K. MUNEER        IUML

9-T. V. IBRAHIM         IUML

10-K. K. ABID HUSSAIN THANGAL              IUML

11-AHAMED DEVARKOVIL           INL

12-P. T. A. RAHIM        IND

13-A. C. MOIDEEN        CPI(M)

14-P. UBAIDULLA         IUML

15-U. A. LATHEEF        IUML

16-A. K. M. ASHRAF     IUML

17-MANJALAMKUZHI ALI , IUML

18- N. SHAMSUDHEEN IUML

19-SHAFI PARAMBIL    INC

20-MUHAMMED MUHSIN           CPI

21-NAJEEB KANTHAPURAM        IUML

22- V. ABDURAHMAN  IND.

23-A. N. SHAMSEER    CPI(M)

24-K. T. JALEEL             IND.

25- C. P. CHERIYA MUHAMMED   IUML

26-K. P. A. MAJEED      IUML

27- P. ABDUL HAMEED IUML

28-N.K.AKBAR   CPI(M)

29-K P KUNHAMMED KUTTI MASTER CPI(M)

30-ADVOCATE. N. SAMSUDHEEN IUML

31-P.V. ANVAR IND.

32-MUHAMMED MUHASSIN  CPI

TAMIL NADU

1- J. MOHAMED SHANAVAS  VCK

2-ABDUL WAHAB .M DMK

3-DR.JAWAHIRULLAH, M.H.      DMK

4-ABDUL SAMAD P    DMK

5-JMH.AASSAN MAULAANA  CONGRESS

PUDUCHERRY

1-A.M.H. NAZIM  DMK

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