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 .