Bengal Elects 44 Muslim MLAs Against 59 in Outgoing Assembly; Kerala, Assam Improve

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Kolkata:People stand in a queue at a polling station to cast their vote at Kolkata Port Constituency during the 7th phase of State Assembly election in Kolkata on April 26, 2021.(Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

All but one Muslim MLAs elected to the West Bengal State Legislative Assembly are from Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC), though their number has come down to 44 from 59 in the outgoing Assembly. The total strength of the Assembly is 292 members. Muslims account for 27% of the state’s population.
While 43 Muslim MLAs are from the TMC, the 44th belongs to the newly formed Indian Secular Front, an ally of the Congress-Left combine.

“Muslims of Bengal stood united to defeat the communal, anti-people, fascist forces. But in the processes, the number of Muslim MLAs has drastically come down,” says political commentator Mohammad Reyaz in a his Facebook post.

The TMC had given tickets to 47 Muslims. That way the strike rate of the party has been phenomenal. Two more Muslim MLAs of the party are likely to win from Samserganj and Jangipur constituencies elections for which have been countermanded becuase of the death of candidates in the fray. “Last time only 32 Muslim MLAs from TMC had won,” says Reyaz.

Assam has elected 31 Muslim MLAs out of 126 members. All Muslim MLAs won from opposition Congress and AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front). While 16 Muslim are from the Congress, 15 are from AIUDF. This time, there has been an increase of two Muslim MLAs but no Muslim MLA has been elected from the ruling alliance led by the BJP. In the last 50 years, this is the first time when no Muslim will enter the Assam Assembly from the ruling alliance. In the outgoing Assembly, one Muslim MLA Aminul Haque Laskar was elected from the ruling alliance. In Assam, Muslim account for 33% of the total population.

In Kerala, out of 140 newly elected MLAs, 32 are Muslims. Among them, 15 are from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), nine from Left parties, three from Congress, three Independents and one each from Indian National League and National Secular Conference. In comparison to the outgoing Assembly, which had 29 Muslims, three more have been added this time. Muslims account for over 26 percent of the total population in the state.

The Left Democratic Front led by CPI-M has returned to power winning 99 seats against Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) which won 41 seats.

In Tamil Nadu, the 234-seat Assembly has elected five Muslims. Four of them are from DMK (Dravida Munetra Kazgam) and one from Congress. The outgoing Assembly, too, had five Muslim MLAs. Muslims account for six percent of the state’s population. DMK-led alliance has wrested power from the AIADMK winning over 150 seats.

In the Union Territory of Puducherry, one Muslim MLA has been elected to the 30-member Assembly. The lone winner belongs to the DMK. Here, All India NR Congress, an ally of the BJP, is likely to form the government. The alliance has won 14 seats and hopes to get backing of independents.

Meanwhile, no Muslim MLA has been elected on the Bharatiya Janata Party ticket in any of the state legislatures results for which were declared on Sunday.

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