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National Parties Fail Muslim India With Only 7.12% Tickets

BJP for all its advertisement of having heralded emancipation of Muslim women and with it's political slogan Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas has given just 1.39%  tickets to Muslim candidates accounting for a paltry 6 out of 433.

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14.2% of India’s population, before you switch on your TV sets this evening worrying about the election results remember these figures and ask yourself what for you are interested ?

Based on the data available at Association for Democratic Reforms’ (ADR) website, the seven national parties INC, BJP, AITC, BSP, CPI, CPI (M) & NCP have together given just 7.12% tickets to the Muslims of this country. Against what should be a fare share of 14.2%, Muslims got a bargain half of what they deserve.

BJP which is fighting at the highest number of seats amongst all the national parties, for all its advertisement of having heralded emancipation of Muslim women and with it’s political slogan Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas has given just 1.39%  tickets to Muslim candidates accounting for a paltry 6 out of 433. With its poor statistics, clearly BJP doesn’t offer the reason you should be particularly interested in the results.

Congress when compared to the BJP’s pie chart appears to be generous by at least 500%. This is not to mislead you into believing that as Muslim voters opting for Congress would improve your life 500 times. It merely means that whereas BJP considered you worthy at only 1.39% seats, Congress took chance with you in around 7.88% of the seats from where it’s contesting.

Congress with that nostalgic acronym INC reminiscent of the last golden days for the Muslims in this country, of times when Muslims  fought as equals in the war of independence, in its ongoing war against fascism has partnered and bestowed trust on Muslims at only 33 out of the 419 seats. For all it’s tall claim of practicing inclusive politics Congress party’s ticket allocation falls by 50% of what should have been a fare share of at least 59 tickets to Muslim candidates.

Be it her words or her deeds, at 17.74% Mamta Banerjee has eclipsed past everyone when it comes to upholding the banner of secularism. Out of the 62 seats from where All India Trinamool Congress is fighting, on 11 seats, it has fielded Muslim candidates. Here it would be interesting to look at the data from the other end of the spectrum since Mamta Banerjee has had an eventful week braving Amit Shah’s onslaught.

The BJP not so long back considered a political untouchable in Bengal, in order to breach the secular minds of Bengali Bhadralok, and make inroads in the erstwhile left bastion drew up its plans around a massive propaganda campaign that centred around accusing Mamta’s government of appeasement politics. Going by TMC’s ticket distribution it’s quite evident, that like everywhere else the majority community in Bengal was rewarded with its proportionate share and much more. The accusation on its part stands a joke against some of the more marginalized Muslims in India that happen to be residing in Bengal.

And this is when we are discussing a very limited point of political representation. The accusation of appeasement would belly up if we were not to forget the criminal level of bias in distribution of other tangible and intangible state assets.

While it goes to Mamta for showing guts in this environment of competitive communalism and fielding highest percentage of Muslim candidates amongst the national party, it is Mayawati who scored the highest with her tally of 39 seats. Fighting on 38 seats less than Congress she fielded 6 more Muslim candidates and stands at a reasonable 10.24%. However, going by the demand of proportionate share her intentions fell short by her actions as BSP even when it fought on 381 seats fielded 40% less Muslim candidates.

With 6.25% Communist Party of India ( CPI) fighting on 48 seats had  only 3 Muslim candidates, least numbers amongst all the seven national parties. Whereas CPI (M) with 8 out of 69 Muslim candidates fared twice as good. Shared Pawar led NCP, an important regional player did slightly better than the average with 8.82% tying with the CPI for the lowest number of seats.

When it comes to regional parties, Hindi heartland based SP & RJD have not fared bad. SP fielding 8 out of 49 seats has given Muslims a share of 16.33 %, whereas RJD fielding 5 Muslim candidates from its alliance quota of 21 seats has 23.81% to boast for. Another regional player AAP with its stated desire of alternative politics has fared just better than the BJP giving 2.86% tickets to the Muslim candidates accounting for 1 isolated ticket out of the 35 constituencies it is in the fray. Arvind Kejriwal’s recent remarks that Muslims abandoned the party at the last minute in favour of Congress, when seen in retrospect appears a poetic justice.

(Note: The article has been updated with the last paragraph.)

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