[Muslims celebrating BJP victory in Uttar Pradesh. The party had not fielded a single Muslim in the 2017 election. Still it is claimed that the party was able to bag a huge number of community votes.]
Lucknow: The newly elected Uttar Pradesh Assembly, which will have more than 75% of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs will have just 24 Muslims - second lowest number in its history and down by 45 if compared with their strength in the 2012 Assembly.
Among the Muslims who have won the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections the maximum number 17 are from the Samajwadi Party (SP), 05 are from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and 02 are from the Congress Party.
The 17 SP Muslim MLAs are: Nahid Hasan (Kairana), Taseelm Ahmad (Najibabad), Nawab Jan (Thakurdwar), Abdullah Azam Khan (Swar), Haji Ikram Qureshi (Moradabad), Mohmmad Rizwan (Kundarki), Nasir Ahmad Khan (Chamrooda), Mehboob Ali (Amroha), Iqbal Mehmood (Sambhal), Azam Khan (Rampur), Mohd Fahim (Helari), Irfan Solanki (Sasha Mau), Yasser Shah (Matera), Abrar Ahmad (Asoli), Alaam Hadi (Nizamabad), Nafees Ahmad (Gopalpur) and Rafeeque Ansari (Meeruth).
The 05 BSP Muslim MLAs are: Aslam Chodhary (Dahulana), Mohd Mujtaba (Pratapur), Shah Alam (Mubarakpur), Mohd Aslam (Bhanga) and Mukhtar Ansari (Mau)
The 02 Congress Muslim MLAs are Suhail Ansari (Kanpur Cantt) and Masood Akhtar (Saharanpur).
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had feilded the maximum number of Muslims whereas the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had not given party ticket to any Muslim.
The population of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh is over 20%. This is the only second time the state assembly will have sucha low number of Muslim MLAs.
The lowest number of Muslim MLAs in Uttar Pradesh Assembly was 23 in 1991 when the BJP had swept the key state in Hindy belt by winning 221 seats.
In 1962 Uttar Pradesh had sent a total of 29 MLAs,s in 1967 a total of 27, in 1969 a total of 35, and baring 1991, the number increased and reached maximum in 2012 when the state elected 69 MLAs.
Most of the newly elected Muslim MLAs come from the 82 constituencies where Muslim population is 30% or above. Few have won from the 321 constituencies where the Muslim population is below 30%.
Overall, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a total of 312 seats in Uttar Pradesh, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) won 47 seats and its alliance partner Congress won 07 seats.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won 19 seats whereas Apna Dal (Soneylal) won 09 seats, Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party won 04 seats, Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) won 01 seat each. The Independents have won on 03 seats in Uttar Pradesh.