New Delhi: Upset that there was no minority representation in the first list of 131 candidates in Rajasthan, the BJP minority cell has written to party president Amit Shah, said media reports on Wednesday. It has requested Shah not to replicate Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh model in Rajasthan as well; denying tickets to Muslims had reportedly polarized the elections, helping the party win. (Also read: BJP MLA Resigns From Party)Also Read - Govt Withdraws Incentives, Allowances of All India Service Officers Posted in Northeast Region

“Rajasthan is not Uttar Pradesh or Gujarat. Here, Hindus and Muslims live together, do business with each other and there has been no major communal strife in the past. Even chief minister Vasundhara Raje has a positive image within in the community as she appointed 5-6 Muslim leaders to the rank of state ministers,” said Sadiq Khan, vice president of the BJP minority cell, as quoted by DNA. Also Read - Check For Fake Aadhaar, Voter ID Cards: HM Amit Shah Warns Against Demographic Changes Along Border Areas

“Our cell worked to bring the community close to the saffron party which they never took seriously and opted for Congress. Now, as the party is denying tickets, all our efforts will go to waste. So, the cell has requested the party president to give at least four tickets to the community as well,” Khan said. Also Read - Dwarkapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Dies At 99: A Glimpse at His Life Journey

In 2013 the BJP had fielded four candidates: Yunus Khan, Habibur Rahman, Abdul Sageer and Salim Tanwer. Of those, Yunus and Habibur Rahman went on to win their seats. Yunus was elevated to the rank of a Cabinet minister but has not been given a ticket in the first list.

MLA Habibur Rahman, who also didn’t make it to the first list, has resigned from the party and is set to join Congress. The Congress had fielded 16 candidates in 2013 but none of them won.

“Only 39 percent voting community was registered from the community at that time. Now, we fear the community will once again vote the Congress in,” a minority leader told the daily.