Muslim candidates from various parties have won the Maharashtra
assembly elections so far as the Congress and its allies march
towards regaining the power in the state.
Despite pressure from the Muslim
community and its own promise given during the Parliamentary
elections the Congress led ruling alliance had given the tickets to
16 Muslim candidates.
Of the total 16 alliance candidates,
Arif Naseem Khan, Baba Siddiquee, Nawab Malik, Aslam Shaikh and Amin
Patel have won the assembly election held on October 13. All five
have won the elections from various assembly constituencies in
Muslim candidates from other parties
include Abu Asim Azmi from Bhiwandi (East), Abu Asim Azmi from
Shivaji Nagar (Mumbai), Rasheed Tahir Momin from
Bhiwandi (west) and Mufti Mohd Ismail from Malegaon (Central).
Samajwadi Party state president Abu
Asim Azmi has won the elections from two places, one from Shivaji
Nagar-Govandi in Mumbai and other from Bhiwandi (East). This is the
first time Abu Asim Azmi - a former Rajya Sabha MP has won the
assembly election in Maharashtra. In 2004 assembly elections, Abu
Asim Azmi had lost the assembly elections from Bhiwandi despite
securing a good more than 80,000 votes. Azmi had contested the
recently held parliamentary election but had lost.
While Rasheed Tahir Momin won the
election against ruling alliance's candidate Javed Dalwi in Bhiwandi
(west), Mufti Mohd. Ismail defeated the Congress sitting MLA in
Malegaon Shaikh Rasheed.
Amin Patel who won the election from
Mumba Devi in Mumbai defeated a NCP rebel candidate Basheer Musa
Patel. Basheer Patel was fighting the election on Samajwadi
Ab Qadeer who was contesting the
elections on the ruling alliance's ticket from Aurangabad had lost
the election to the Shiv Sena rebel candidate Pradeeep Jaiswal.
Whereas, Salim Patel the alliance candidate contesting from Jalgaon
(Central) conceded the defeat to veteran local leader Suresh Dada
Jain. A former Minister and strong local leader, Suresh Dada Jain
contested the election as Shiv Sena candidate.
The previous Legislative Assembly had
twelve Muslim members.
In a surprising result, Haji Anees Ahmed who was a minister in
the previous government lost the election. He contested the election
from Nagpur. Haji Anees lost to the BJP candidate Sudhakar
Deshmukh. Anees Ahmed's defeat in the election has surprised the
Ghulam Pesh Imam the high profile
Muslim candidate who was contesting the elections as an Independent
from Shriwardhan lost the election to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).