State Elections – Muslim MLAs in the 4 Legislatures

May 22, 2016 by  
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29 Muslims to enter Assam State Assembly in 2016

The Assam 2016 elections will see 29 Muslim MLAs this year, compared to 28 in 2011, with 15 from Congress, 12 from AIUDF and two from Bhartiya Janata Party.

Assam has the second-largest Muslim population After Jammu and Kashmir. As per the 2011 census, Muslims constitute 34% of the state’s population.

Needless to say then, that the Muslim vote has been one of the main pillars of support for the Tarun Gogoi regime during its 15-year reign, with the party doing well in Muslim-majority areas. After five new districts were announced in 2015 and two more in 2016, there are now 34 districts in Assam, of which nine are Muslim-majority areas.

According to some reports, the BJP had brought in nearly 2,000 Maulvis to promote their cause, and it seems to have paid dividends. Along with two Muslim MLAs, the party has also done well in Muslim-majority areas.

Muslim League holds strong amid UDF debacle in Kerala

Kozhikode: Despite the debacle faced by the ruling front in the Kerala assembly elections, their key allay, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), managed to do well at the Kerala elections, with 18 seats.

Although this is two less than their last election’s haul and the party suffered setbacks in a few of its strongholds the IUML did well to post some impressive wins in the Malabar region. Also, when compared to Congress, IUML’s haul was only four less.

The party, which contested in 24 seats, saw defeats in party strongholds such as Koduvally, Tanur and Thiruvambadi have been compensated by wresting the Kuttiadi seat from CPM and a hard fought victory in Azhikode, where K M Shaji defeated CPIM’s Nikesh Kumar in a neck to neck fight.

The party also retained the Mannarkkad seat despite open calls by the the All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama general secretary Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar citing IUML candidate Shamsudheen was taking anti-Sunni stances.
“The winning of Shaji and Shamsudheen assumes much significance as the duo survived strong campaigns from the rivals,” IUML national secretary E T Mohammed Basheer told Twocircles.
The party also won Kasargod, Kozhikode South, Kondotty, Manjeri, Vallikkunnu, Vengara, Tirur, Kottakkal and Kalamassery seats.

IUML has survived the anti-incumbency factor as well as strong undercurrents in Malappuram to win 11 of the 12 sitting seats in the district. Although IUML vote share has plummeted in Tirurangadi, Perinthalmanna, Mankada and Manjeshwar constituencies, the overall result shows that party’s sway over the Muslim heartlands especially in the Malabar region remain by and large intact.
Meanwhile the lickings in Tanur, Koduvally and Thiruvambadi, the sitting seats of IUML, would be reflected in the party in the coming days.
In Tanur, according to Basheer, the party didn’t get expected support from Congress, while in Thiruvambadi Christian votes got consolidated in favour of LDF while the IUML rebel, backed by CPIM, toppled the party candidate in a narrow margin.
However, Basheer said, IUML leadership will look into the flaws the party committed during the campaign and will take corrective measures.

LDF’s strategy wins votes in IUML strongholds

The CPM strategy to conquer IUML bastions by fielding independent candidates has brought cheers to LDF in Malappuram district. Out of the six total candidates, independents sailed to win in three constituencies while Gafoor P Lillies and Niyas Pulikkilakath presented a neck to neck fight to IUML in Tirur and Tirurangadi.

In Nilambur, P V Anvar toppled Aryadan Soukath of Congress by 11054 votes while former Congress leader V Abdul Rahman wrested IUML strong hold Tanur from sitting MLA Abdul Rahman Randathani by a margin of 4918 votes. LDF sitting MLA K T Jaleel, retained Tavanur constituency by routing Youth Congress leader Ifthiqaruddeen by a margin of 17,064 votes.

“The strategy along with the active campaigning of the party workers has helped the Left coalition to attain better gaining,” said CPM Malappuram district secretary P P Vasudevan.
The leader, however, ruled out the claim that the personal splendor of independents helped the front in winning UDF bastions.

“Infact, the role of CPIM was evident everywhere. The party’s involvement is the key factor behind the meritorious victory,” he said.

While asked whether the candidates would get out of the front’s hands as Manjalamkuzhi Ali did in 2011, Vasudevan said that the independents would do justice to the voters and their interests by following the front’s mandates.

LDF resorted to strong campaigns against IUML alleging that the Muslim party had failed to resist the challenges against Muslims from Sangh fold.

Number of Muslim MLAs in Tamil Nadu likely to go down

Chennai: Muslims constitute around 7% of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. There are two main political alliances in this battle of ballots led by DMK supremo Karunanidhi and AIDMK Chief Jayalalitha (Amma). When it comes to Muslim parties there are mainly two Muslim political parties in the electoral fray this time around; Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) led by coordinator Prof. M.H. Jawahirullah and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) led by Prof. K.M. Khader Mohideen.

In total only 15 Muslim candidates have been fielded by the main political parties fighting to capture power in the state whereas there are several Muslim independent candidates in the electoral fray. Rightly or wrongly, DMK is seen as an ally of Muslim minority community in the State. Even in the last Assembly it had 5 out of 7 Muslim MLAs. During this election also DMK alliance has fielded “maximum” number of Muslim candidates; 10 out of 15. So its win will be good news for the Muslim candidates. However this calculation will get jeopardized in case of likely anti-incumbency wave across the State. Exit polls have shown doors to the Karunanidhi led DMK alliance and possible entry of Jayalalitha in the new Secretariat.

In case of a possible sweep for Jayalalitha, Amma of South India, this number might get reduced. Any ways the politics of South India is known to be no less volatile than the Amma herself, with the either of the two parties usually sweeping the election results. So if one goes by the  pattern of election results in the state its not a good omen for the Muslim community in the state.

MMK is in alliance with AIADMK which has provided just 3 seats for the Jawahirullah led party to fight elections on MMK’s symbols. IUML is also fighting on 3 seats, interestingly on DMK’s symbol (rising son) because IUML is registered but unrecognized party in Tamil Nadu; while it is recognized in Kerala.

Tauhud Jamaat led by P Zainul Abedin, a breakaway faction from Tamil Nadu Muslim Munetra Kazhagam, (TMMK) has announced to extend its support to DMK.

It’s worth highlighting here that the three candidates of MMK haven’t been pitted against the three candidates of IUML.

There were 7 Mulsim MLAs in the dissolved Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly including 5 from DMK, one from AIADMK and one from the Congress party. But these times around there are just 15 Muslim candidates in the electoral fray with no body
knowing that how many of them will make it to the Assembly.

59 Muslim MLAs in West Bengal

Kolkata: The number of Muslim candidates this time stands at 59, two more than the 2011 elections, with 33 from Trinamool Congress. The list includes Mohammed Siddiqullah Choudhary, a member of AIUDF who contested on a TMC ticket from Mangalkot. TMC had fielded 57 Muslims in elections. Also, Dr Nuruzzaman, who was previously a MLC from Deganga, won again despite changing his constituency to Purshura, Hooghly. Interestingly, the Deganga seat, the largest Muslim dominated in North 24 Parganas district, was also retained by TMC, with Rahima Mondal winning despite strong campaigning from the Left and the Congress. On the other hand, 25 Muslims from the Congress-Left alliance were victorious today, while one Muslim candidate won from All India Forward Bloc. In 2011, a total of 57 Muslims had won elections, of which 25 were from TMC and 13 from CPI (M).

– tcn

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