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 - BJP Ignored Grass-Root Fighters, Gave Rivals Top Positions: TMC’s Babul Supriyo Tears Into Swapan Dasgupta
“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 - Gurajat Cabinet: CM Bhupendra Patel Keeps Home Ministry, Kanubhai Desai Gets Finance | Full List Here
“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 - Maharashtra Is Safe, Says ATS Chief Vineet Agarwal After Delhi Police Busts Pak-Organised Terror Module
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.