LokSabha election the enthusiasm of the Lok Sabha election 2019 has increased. In such a case, the representation of Muslim MPs in the Lok Sabha is declining, this issue is also a matter of concern. As our Parliament represents the social fabric of the country. \
It is to see how many Muslim leaders will be fielded and how many of them will win it this time. But looking at the results of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections are looked at, more changes cannot be expected in this matter in 2019.
In 2014, only 23 Muslim leaders were elected from six states in LokSabha – West Bengal (8), Bihar (4), Kerala (3), Jammu and Kashmir (3), Assam (2) and Andhra Pradesh (1). A Muslim MP was also elected from the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
Take a broad look at the scenario, it shows that in 2014, there were 53 Muslim leaders in second place. Gulam Raza, who was fielded as an Independent candidate from Ladakh, was defeated by BJP’s Thupstan Chewang with just 36 votes in Loksabha election.
Hameedullah Sayeed of Congress lost to Mohammad Faisal from Lakshadweep seat with only 1,535 votes. A CPI (M) N. Shamsir lost from Kerala’s Vadakara seat to Mullapally Ramachandran of Congress with only 3,306 votes and Samajwadi Party’s Dr Shafiq-ur Rehman lost from Barak Sambhal seat with BJP’s Satyapal Singh by 5,174 votes. All the Muslim leaders, except these seats, were defeated by a huge margin.
Another aspect of the last Lok Sabha election is that only nine Muslim leaders were defeated by Muslim candidates, while non-Muslim candidates won all the seats.
In Uttar Pradesh, the highest number of Muslim candidates (19) were in second place, followed by nine from West Bengal and five Muslim candidates from Bihar.
Mohammed Salim of the CPI (M) won from West Bengal’s Raiganj seat with 1,356 votes. Trinamool Congress’s Aproopa Poddar (Afreen Ali), who won with the difference of 3,46,845 votes from Arambagh in West Bengal, she was Muslim candidate who won with such a big difference.
According to the 2011 census, the country’s Muslim population is 17.2 million but their representation in the Lok Sabha is less than 10 per cent. The majority of Muslim members in the Lok Sabha were in 1980 when 49 were elected to the House.