Imran Khedawala of the Congress is the only Muslim candidate elected to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly in just-concluded polls, which saw the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) record a landslide victory.
The outgoing Assembly had three Muslim legislators, all from Congress.
Mr Khedawala, the incumbent Congressman from the Jamalpur-Khadia Assembly constituency in the city of Ahmedabad, won the election by a margin of 13,658 votes on Thursday to retain the seat.
He beat his closest rival, Bhushan Bhatt of the BJP, in the Muslim-majority constituency, where All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) state chairman and former MLA Sabir Kabliwala was also in the constituency. melee.
The Congress presented six Muslim candidates, including three deputies. Of these, five candidates, including two MPs, lost.
In 2017, three of the five candidates from the minority community presented by the main opposition party emerged victorious. Muslims make up about 10% of the population of Gujarat.
Congress candidate and incumbent MP Gyasuddin Sheikh lost to BJP’s Kaushik Jain in Dariapur Assembly segment of Ahmedabad district. Another opposition party MP, Mohammed Javed Pirzada, faced defeat at Wankaner in Morbi district at the hands of the saffron party.
Party candidate Aam Aadmi (AAP) won 53,110 votes and helped defeat Pirzada.
At Abdasa headquarters in Kutch district, Muslim Congress candidate Jat Mamad Jung was beaten by a margin of about 9,000 votes by BJP candidate and former Congress MP Pradhyumansinh Jadeja.
The AAP had fielded Muslim candidates for three seats in the Assembly – Jamalpur-Khadia, Dariapur and Jambusar – but none of them were elected.
The BJP did not field a single Muslim candidate, while 12 All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidates from the minority community were in the fray but all were defeated. Two of these AIMIM candidates finished third in their respective constituencies.
In the just-concluded elections, the BJP won 156 seats, the highest of any party in Gujarat’s history, while the Congress came a distant second with 17 seats. The AAP emerged victorious in five Assembly segments.
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