general elections 2019: Polls 2019: A view on 15 Muslim-majority Lok Sabha constituencies

TMC is one of the few parties that both nominates Muslim candidates in seats that are not Muslim-majority and manages to win.

Updated: Apr 07, 2019, 10.59 AM IST

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In these 15 constituencies, the BJP has nominated Muslim candidates in six (two more than in 2014) and the Congress in nine (three more than in 2014).

Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls from

Wayanad

, along with Amethi, and PM Narendra Modi’s jibe that the

Congress

chief has been “forced” to contest from a seat where “the majority is in a minority” have revived the debate about Muslim voters and representatives in the country.

There are only 15 Muslim-majority Lok Sabha constituencies

In these 15 constituencies, the

BJP

has nominated Muslim candidates in six (two more than in 2014) and the Congress in nine (three more than in 2014).

But what happens when Muslims are nominated?

In 2014, BJP’s all Muslim candidates lost. The Trinamool is one of the few parties that both nominates Muslim candidates in seats that are not Muslim-majority and manages to win.

Wayanad is one of 14 constituencies that has 40-50% Muslims. Rahul Gandhi’s candidature actually reduces the number of Muslim candidates in the field; late incumbent MI Shanavas of the Congress was one of just 23 Muslim Lok Sabha MPs.

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