[Irom Sharmila, PRAJA founder, fielded Najima Bibi - the First Muslim Women to contest Manipur elections. Both lost the election. Irom herself got just 90 votes and decided to quit politics.]
Imphal: The newly elected Manipur Assembly, which has a total of 30 members, will have just 03 Muslims. The number is one more if compared to the Muslim tally i 2012.
According to the results declared by the State Election Commission, sitting MLA Muhammad Abdul Nasir from Congress has won the Lilong Assembly constituency.
Muhammad Abdul Nasir polled a total of 10,764 votes and won the Lilong seat, defeating Independent candidate Y Antas Khan who bagged 9,497 votes.
Mohmmad Anwar Hussain was the only Muslim candidate fielded by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Manipur. He contested the elections from the Lilong Assembly constituency and polled 8,456 votes but lost to Muhammad Abdul Nasir of Congress.
Mohammad Fajur Rahim of the Congress is the another Muslim candidate in the newly elected Manipur assembly. Rahim contested the elections from Wabgai, the constituency he also won in the 2012 elections. He polled 12,474 votes and defeated Dr Usham Deben Singh of BJP who bagged 7,713 votes.
The third candidate who will be in the newly formed Manipur Assembly is Ashab Uddin, an Independent. He polled 8,189 votes and defeated in Jiribam constituency. Thoudam Debendra Singh of Congress. Singh got 6,539 votes.
While the ruling Congress had fielded three Muslim candidates. Two of them won the elections whereas the third, Khetrigao sitting MLA Muhmmad Amin Shah, lost the election to N Indrajit of BJP by just 382 votes. Muhammad Amin Shah polled a total of 10,031 votes whereas Indrajit of BJP bagged 10,413 votes.
In Keirao Assembly constituency, Md Nasiruddin Khan, an Indepedndent candidate, and Md Islamuddin Khan of NCP fought with each other and gave away the seat to Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei of BJP. Mohmmad Nasiruddin Khan polled 5,421 whereas Mohammad Islamuddin Khan got 3,241 votes - together securing 8,662 votes. As against this Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei polled 5,959 votes and won the elections.
Of Manipur’s 60 assembly seats, Wabgai and Lilong are Muslim-dominated. Muslims are a deciding factor in two others — Keirao and Kshetrigao.
Manipur once had a Muslim Chief Minister Mohammad Alimuddin. There are 18 constituencies with a considerable number of Muslims.
In 2012, Manipur Assembly had a total of 02 Muslim MLAs. The number of Muslim legislators in the Manipur Assembly has decreased over the years: 05 in 1972, 07 in 1974, 04 in 1980, 03 in 1985, 02 in 1990, 04 in 1995, 01 in 2000, 03 in 2002 and 02 in 2007.
According to final results declared by the State Election Commission, no party has won the enough seat to form the government in the state. But, the ruling Congress with 28 members has emerged as the single largest party.
The BJP is second with 21 members. Naga Peoples Front and National People's Party have won 04 seats each. All India Trinamool Congress, Lok Jan Shakti Party and Independen won on 01 seat each.