BJP vs Congress – Distribution of tickets to Muslims

hmThe BJP compromises on needs of the Indian Muslim in order to come to power. The Congress is looking to appease minorities at any cost as long as it stays in power. Such statements have become common occurrences specially after the elevation of the status of Narendra Modi within the BJP. Almost any debate in the country these days seems to be linked back to religion and our two leading political parties. One factor in assessing the attitude of BJP and Congress towards Muslims, is to see the treatment of Muslims within these two parties i.e. the willingness of the parties to allow Muslims to run for office. Both the BJP and Congress are parties that are recognized nationally. Hence it is natural to expect these parties to be representative of every section of the Indian population.

The two most recent major elections have been analyzed below i.e. the Karnataka and Gujarat assembly elections.

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It is apparent from these numbers that Muslims are under-represented in both the BJP and the Congress. However, the fact that BJP did not provide a single Muslim candidate with a party-ticket across these two elections does stand-out. The covert ways in which political parties function, mean that it is extremely difficult to guess the exact reasons for these numbers. But it can be deduced that BJP does not care for any form of tokenism and didn’t even bother to include Muslims in its list of potential MLAs. Of late, BJP supporters have been brazen about the party not caring for any sort of appeasement of   minorities. However, there is probably some middle ground between non-appeasement and complete neglect that may be prudent for the party to ponder over. From the Congress’ perspective, it is difficult to gauge whether appeasement of any form has been responsible for the shambolic governance of the last few years. But in terms of truly representing Muslims as ticket-holders from the party, the Congress is only marginally ahead of the BJP.

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  • BK Chowla

    Have Muslims been given equal status?Arent Muslims being taken for a ride?

  • CDJ Sunny

    IF THESE FIGURES ARE TO BE BELIEVED, THEN THERE SHOULD BE SUITABLE LEGISLATION BASED ON THE %. IT IS NOT ONLY RIGHTS TO BE CLAIMED, BUT THE LAW OF THE LAND ON MANY ISSUES LIKE MARRIAGE, CHILDREN ETC SHOULD ALSO BE COMMON AND NOT BASED ON RELIGIOUS DICTACTS.

  • FRCS

    IT HARDLY MATTERS AS TO WHAT RELIGION THE NETA BELONGS TO,FACT IS HE SHOULD BE A GOOD HUMAN BEING WHICH IS RARE,NOBODY COUNTS HOW MANY CHRISTIANS ,SIKHS,PARSEES ARE GIVEN TICKETS,THIS IS JUST TO START A DEBATE AND GIVE A SENSE OF COMMUNALISM TO THE VOTERS FOR THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS

    • Wah Sarkar

      In these 2 states, the other minorities are hardly present. For instance, in Gujarat, 0.6% of the population is Sikhs + Christians. Furthermore, across the country, Muslims remain the most economically backward section of society. One reason for this is the non-inclusion of Muslims in many sectors including our national political parties. If all that matters if ‘good human beings’, then we should be ok with the current number of women in parliament as well (<10%). But of course we are not because we need accurate representation of all sections of society in politics.

  • b v ramachandra reddy

    there are several religions un represented in assemblies. there are several castes also. let us not debate on this issue.

    • Wah Sarkar

      Or maybe we should debate all these issues to better understand why these discrepancies exist.