Patna: Seven Muslims, including a woman, figured in the list of 101 Janata Dal (United) candidates who will fight the election battle in Bihar next month, according to the details released by the 'Grand Alliance' leaders on Wednesday in Patna.
Raziya Khatoon, fielded by the JD(U) from the Kalyanpur assembly seat in Purvi Champaran district, is the lone Muslim woman candidate who has been given ticket by the Grand Alliance which is contesting on 243 seats.
The Grand Alliance has given tickets to 33 Muslims. Of them, 16 Muslims will contest on RJD tickets, 10 Muslims have been given tickets by the Congress whereas 07 Muslims are in the fray on JD(U) ticket.
The JD(U) has also given party tickets to Naushad Alam and Muhammad Mujahid Alam. Naushad and Mujahid will respectively contest from Thakurganj and Kochadhaman - both in Kishanganj. Kishanganj is among the districts in Bihar having a sizeable number of Muslim voters.
Other Muslims contesting the Bihar assembly elections on JD(U) tickets are Khurshid Alam from Sikta, Sharfuddin from Sheohar, Sarfaraz Alam from Jokihat in Araria and Asgar Shamim from Biharsharif in Nalanda district.
The JD(U) released its list of 101 candidates in Patna. Simultaneously, other constituents of the 'Grand Alliance' also declared the names of the RJD and Congress candidates. The list included the names of 242 candidates - one short of the total seats the alliance will contest in the crucial assembly polls.
According to a press release issued by the Nitish Kumar led 'Grand Alliance', 55 percent of the 242 candidates belong to Other Backward Classes and Economically Backward Classes, 16 percent belong to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, 14 percent are Muslim, and the rest are from general or upper castes. About 10 percent of the candidates are women.
Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Akhtarul Islam Shahin and Dr Abdul Gafoor figured in the list of 101 Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidates for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, according to the details released by the 'Grand Alliance' Wednesday.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with RJD state president Ram Chandra Purve and state Congress president Ashok Choudhary announced the list at a joint press conference here. The JD-U and RJD are contesting 101 seats each while the Congress will be in the fray for the remaining 41 seats.
"We have tried to ensure representation to all sections of society. There are no complaints within the grand alliance over the names of candidates and seat adjustments," Nitish Kumar said while addressing the joint press conference.
Nitish Kumar has made it clear that development was the main agenda for the polls while the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was only interested in creating divisions on the basis of religion and caste.
The Congress released in New Delhi its full list of 41 candidates fielded by the party for the 2015 Bihar assembly elections, which has 10 Muslims including Aquil Haider, Dr Jawaid and Shakeel Ahmed Khan.
Muslims form 16.5 percent of Bihar's 105 million population. In the Seemanchal region, they account for nearly 67 percent in Kishanganj, 37 percent in Purnea, 43 percent in Katihar and nearly 40 percent in Araria.
Polling will be held in Bihar between October 12 and November 5. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 8.