LOKSABHA : RISE OF BJP ,DROP IN MUSLIM REPRESENTAION

NEW DELHI :If statistics are to be believed , it seems that there is a correlation in rise of BJP in Lok Sabh after 1980s and  decrease in Muslim representation in lower house of the Parliament .Indian Muslims are  feeling as alienated from power structure .They are being marginalised in electoral politics .

Many Muslims think that this has been done with a calculated strategy .If Muslims are being thrown out of democratic institutions  in a planned and silent method , how the claims to bring Indian Muslims into mainstream can be believed ?

In its endeavour to break the power of  so called Muslim Vote Bank , Sangh Pariwar and BJP adopted an aggressive Hindutva policy during 1980s .

In 1984 , BJP had only 2 MPs in Loksabha .This Hindutva party reached an staggering figure  of 283 seats in 30 years .But during same period , Muslim representation in Loksabha  dropped drastically ,in spite of the fact that Muslim population as well as  number of Muslim voters increased  in the period continuously at usual pace .

In 2014 , only 23 Muslims were elected to Loksabha .The population of Indian Muslims is 14.2 % according to 2011 census .But representation of Muslims in the current  Lok Sabha is approximately 4.02 % .In 1952 , only 11 Muslims were elected to Loksabha  which was 2 % of their population then .

So Indian Muslims are highly underrepresented in lower house of the Parliament .It is said that it is the lowest Muslim representation in Loksabha since 1952 .In 2014 general elections , not a single Muslim was elected  to Loksabha from UP  while Muslim population in the state is above 20%.

In 1980 , highest  number of Muslims were elected to Loksabha in the history .The number of Muslims elected to the lower house in 1980 rose to 49 which was 10 % of their population  .

But with the rise of BJP in the later decades , Muslim representation dropped drastically .This is a major point of concern for the community .

 

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