New Delhi : Union Minister of Urban Development, M Venkaiah Naidu said that Muslims community will get representation in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh even though the party did not field any candidate from the community in the past Assembly elections in the state.
Driven by the ‘Modi wave’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on March 11 stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh after 14 years, securing three-fourths majority and demolishing rivals Samajwadi Party (SP)- Congress allies and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in a keenly-contested Assembly polls.
Showing impressive performance, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 312 seats in the 403-member UP Assembly. Its allies Apna Dal(S) and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) bagged nine seats and four seats, respectively, taking the total tally of the combine to 325.
But controversy arise when BJP failed to pick a single Muslim candidate in UP elections. With 220 millions Muslims in the state without a Muslim leader from a state government whose foundation is based on Hindutva rhetoric created uncomfortable atmosphere among Muslim community.
There is ministries like Hajj Ministry and Minority welfare Ministry which mainly a Muslim candidate get preferred.
But today while talking to reporters, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu told that Muslims will get representation in our Government in UP. “If (a Muslim) MLA is not there, an MLC (member of legislative council) will be there … there will be Muslim representatives in the government.” Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu said in an interview to HT on Sunday.
BJP got an all time big mandate on Saturday Uttar Pradesh, winning 312 seats in the 403-member assembly. BJP is now planing to induct a Muslim minister is aimed at reaching out to the community that is not known to be a BJP vote base.
Mr Naidu went on saying, In 1991, BJP chief minister Kalyan Singh had brought Muslim leader Aijaz Rizvi into the legislative council and appointed him as a minister. His daughter, Seema Rizvi, was appointed as a minister in another BJP government led by Ram Prakash Gupta in 1999. Naidu, who also holds the information and broadcasting portfolio, defended the absence of a Muslim on the BJP’s list of 383 candidates in UP, a state of 220 million people in which about 18% of the population are from the religious minority group.
“It was a weakness, not a mistake.That We could not find suitable candidates confident of winning; whom the party thought could win.” He said a section of Muslims supported the BJP in the polls. “Because of the triple talaq issue, Muslim women, especially younger women, voted for us.”
The BJP’s victory in Deoband, home to one of the biggest Islamic seminaries in the world, appears to endorse his opinion. Election Commission data show the BJP won 31 of the 42 seats where Muslims comprised a third of the electorate.