SECULAR ALLIANCE OF RJD-JDU-CONGRESS FOR THE FIRST TIME FIELDED MANY MUSLIMS WHO MANAGED TO WIN
NEW DELHI — Even as the stunning outcome of the Bihar Assembly Elections is being hailed across the country as a historic mandate against the politics of intolerance and hate and a harbinger of groundbreaking changes at the national level, this election will also be remembered long for empowering a long marginalized minority.
The 2015 Bihar mandate saw 24 Muslim candidates being elected to the state legislature, reflecting perhaps for the first time their share in the population to some extent. Bihar is not just one of the most populous and most politically savvy states of the country, Muslims form a significant chunk of the population. They have traditionally and loyally supported the secular players like the Rashtriya Janata Dal all these years and once again critically contributed to their success.
What is remarkable is the fact that for the first time that all three parties in the secular alliance — the Janata Dal (United) of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has emerged as a strong critic and credible, more acceptable alternative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lalu Yadav’s RJD and the Congress fielded respectable number of Muslim candidates many of whom managed to win.
Let us hope that other political parties will also replicate this template of including marginalized communities in the political process.
Following is the list of Muslim candidates who won on Sunday:
1- Ali Nagar Abdul Bari Siddiqui RJD
2- Amour Abdul Jaleel Mastan Cong
3- Arriah Abid ur Rehman Cong
4- Arra Mohd Nawaz Alam RJD
5- Bahadur Ganj Tausif Alam Cong
6- Basai Abdul Subhan RJD
7- Balrampur Mahboob Alam CPI (ML)
8- Baruli Nematullah RJD
9- Bisfi Fayaz Alam RJD
10 Dehri Mohd Ilyas Hussain RJD
11-Dhaka Faisal ur Rehman RJD
12- Jokihat Sarfaraz Alam JD(U)
13- Kadwa Shakeel Ahmed Khan Cong
14- Kasba Afaq alam Cong
15-Keoti Faraz Fatimi RJD
16- Kishan ganj Mohd Javed Alam Cong
17- Kochadhaman Mujahid Alam JD (U)
18- Mahisi Abdul Ghafoor RJD
19- Narkatia Shamim Ahmed RJD
20- Samasti pur Akhtarul Islam ShaheenRJD
21- Sheohar Sharfuddin JDU
22- Sikta Khurdsheed A. Alam JDU
23- Sursana Syed Abu Dujana RJD
24- Thakurganj Naushad Alam JDU
Number of Muslim Candidates At a Glance