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Muslim representation reaches 20% in West Bengal Assembly

14 May

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net,

Kolkata: While the Left Front regime has got a humiliating defeat, the Muslim community has made good use of the rush of political parties to win Muslims heart in the just concluded assembly election in West Bengal. The Muslims will now constitute about 20% of the 294 seats of the state assembly. According to the assembly poll results announced yesterday, 59 Muslim candidates have got elected this time, 13 more from the 2006 poll. Among 59, there are 7 women, that is 5 more than the last assembly poll.


A file picture of West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Photo by The Hindu.com

After 35 years, Red Bengal has been changed into green. CPIM-led Left Front government has been thrown out by the people as they gave huge majority of 226 seats to the Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance in the 294-seat Assembly. Central Railway Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee swept the Left bastion of West Bengal. The Left has got 61 seats (CPIM 40, CPI 2, All India Forward Block 11, Revolutionary Socialist Party 7 & Samajwadi Party 1).

Trinamool Congress alliance has 40 Muslim MLAs

The number of Muslim MLAs has increased from 46 to 59 in this poll. And it is not surprising that majority of new Muslim MLAs are from the Trinamool alliance. In the previous Assembly, Left Front had 34 Muslim MLAs (CPIM 25, All India Forward Block 4, Revolutionary Socialist Party 4 and West Bengal Samajwadi Party 1). Now it has been decreased to 18 in this poll (CPIM 13, AIFB 2, RSP 2 and SP 1).

The heavy majority of Muslim MLAs now are from Trinamool alliance (TMC 25, Congress 15). Most of them are new faces. Retired Muslim IPS and renowned police officer Haider Aziz Safwi won Uluberia Purba constituency of Howrah district. Retired Judge of Kolkata High Court Justice Noore Alam Chowdhuri has won from Murarai of Birbhum district. Besides, killing of computer designer Rizwanur Rahman was an important election issue of Mamata Banerjee. She had fielded Rizwanur Rahman’s elder brother Rukbanur Rahman and he has won from Chapra seat in Nadia district.

7 Muslim women elected to Assembly

As the number of Muslim MLAs has increased, the number of Muslim women MLAs has also gone up from just 2 in 2006 to 7 in 2011.

In Nandigram byelection in 2009 Phiroja Bibi, whose son was killed during the infamous police firing in the area, had been elected from the constituency on Trinamool Congress ticket. Bibi has retained the seat. Garments industry area of Kolkata is Metiaburuz. Mumtaz Begum has won the seat also on Trinamool ticket. Begum is three time ward councilor in her area. Firdousi Begum, a ward councilor in Sonarpur Uttar constituency of South 24 Parganas, has also won the seat while Mahamuda Begum has got elected from Kumarganj constituency of North Dinajpur district. All four won on TMC ticket. Two Muslim women have won on Congress ticket — Sabina Yasmin form Mothabari of Malda district and Feroza Begum from Raninagar of Murshidabad. CPIM has just one Muslim woman MLA –Jahanara Khatun won from Jamuria of Burdwan district.

Murshidabad elects 15 Muslim MLAs

Of 59 Muslim MLAs, 15 have been elected in Murshidabad district. Will it change the condition of the most backward Muslim dominated district of West Bengal? Only time will tell.

CM lost, so did Muslim ministers

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of CPIM lost Jadavpur constituency which he had been winning since 1987. Muslim ministers of Left Front except Abdur Razzak Molla have met the same fate. Minority Affairs & Madrasa Education Minister of State Abdus Sattar lost Amdanga of North 24 Parganas and Agriculture, Marketing & Relief Minister of State Dr Mortaza Hossain lost Deganga of North 24 Parganas while Anwarul Haque, Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare lost his Chopra seat of North Dinajpur

Newly elected Muslim MLAs in West Bengal, 2011

Constituency Candidates Sex Party

Amdanga

Rafiqur Rahaman

Male

All India Trinamool Congress

Deganga

Dr.M Nurruzzaman

Male

All India Trinamool Congress

Haroa

Julfikar Molla

Male

All India Trinamool Congress

Mograhat Paschim

Giasuddin Molla

Male

All India Trinamool Congress

Kasba

Ahmed Javed Khan

Male

All India Trinamool Congress

Sonarpur Uttar

Firdousi Begum

Female

All India Trinamool Congress

Metiaburuj

Mamtaj Begam

Female

All India Trinamool Congress

Kolkataport

Firhad Hakim

Male

All India Trinamool Congress

Panchla

Gulsan Mullick

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Uluberia Purba

Haider Aziz  Safwi

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Jagatballavpur

Abul Kasem Molla

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Champdani

Muzaffar Khan

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Purshura

Parvez Rahman

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Khanakul

Iqbal Ahmed

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Panskura Paschim

Omar Ali

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Nandigram

Phiroja Bibi

FEMALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Memari

Abul Hasem Mondal

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Ketugram

Sekh Sahonawez

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Raniganj

Ali Sohrab

MALE

All India Trinamool Congress

Islampur

Abdul Karim Chowdhary

Male

All India Trinamool Congress

Kumarganj

Mahamuda Begam

Female

All India Trinamool Congress

Kaliganj

Nasiruddin Ahamed

Male

All India Trinamul Congress

Chapra

Rukbanur Rahman

Male

All India Trinamul Congress

Labhpur

Monirul Islam

Male

All India Trinamul Congress

Murarai

Nure Alam Chowdhury

Male

All India Trinamul Congress

Hariharpara

Insar Ali Biswas

Male

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Domkal

Anisur Rahaman

Male

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Jalangi

Abdur Razzak Mondal

Male

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Palashipara

S.M. Sadi

Male

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Samseganj

Touab Ali

Male

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Basirhat Uttar

Mostafa Bin Quasem

Male

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Canning Purba

Abdur Razzak Molla

Male

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Bhangore

Badal Jamadar

Male

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Pandua

Amjad Hossain Sk.

MALE

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Monteswar

Chowdhury Md Hedayatullah

MALE

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Kharagpur

Nazmul Haque

MALE

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Mangalkot

Sajahan Chowdhury

MALE

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Jamuria

Jahanara Khan

FEMALE

Communist Party ofIndia (Marxist)

Chakulia

Ali Imran Ramz

Male

All India Forward Block

Harischandrapur

Tajmul Hossain

Male

All India Forward Block

Malatipur

Abdur Rahim Boxi

Male

Revolutionary Socialist party

Bharatpur

Saikh Id Mohammad

Male

Revolutionary Socialist party

Bhagwangola

Chand Mohammad

Male

Samajbadi Party

Baduria

Abdul Gaffar Quazi

Male

Indian National Congress

Goalpokhor

Md. Ghulam Rabbani

Male

Indian National Congress

Chanchal

Asif Mehbub

Male

Indian National Congress

Mothabari

Sabina Yeasmin

Female

Indian National Congress

Sujapur

Abu Nasar Khan Choudhury

Male

Indian National Congress

Baisnabnagar

Isha Khan Choudhury

Male

Indian National Congress

Farakka

Mainul Haque

Male

Indian National Congress

Suti

Emani Biswas

Male

Indian National Congress

Jangipur

Md. Sohrab

Male

Indian National Congress

Raghunathganj

Akhruzzaman

Male

Indian National Congress

Lalgola

Abu Hena

Male

Indian National Congress

Raninagar

Firoza Begam

Female

Indian National Congress

Rejinagar

Humayun Kabir

Male

Indian National Congress

Beldanga

Safiujjaman Seikh

Male

Indian National Congress

Naoda

Abu Taher Khan

Male

Indian National Congress

Chopra

Hamidul Rahaman

Male

Independent

Source : http://twocircles.net/2011may14/muslim_representation_reaches_20_west_bengal_assembly.html

 
 

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