STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Rajasthan elections 2018: Congress fields 15 Muslim candidates, BJP just 1

The number of Muslim candidates from the Congress was similar to the last Assembly election, but all of them had faced defeat.

Published: 19th November 2018 06:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th November 2018 06:43 PM   |  A+A-

EVM

Image for representational purpose. (File | PTI)

By PTI

JAIPUR: The Congress has given tickets to 15 Muslim candidates, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielded only one candidate for the Rajasthan Assembly election.

The number of Muslim candidates from the Congress was similar to the last Assembly election, but all of them had faced defeat.

Whereas the BJP had given tickets to four Muslim candidates in 2013, two of them had won.

The saffron party's candidate, Yoonus Khan, who is the state transport minister, has been fielded from Tonk constituency, where state Congress president Sachin Pilot is contesting.

Khan, a sitting MLA from Deedwana constituency, was kept reserved by the party till the last moment.

After the Congress fielded Pilot from the Muslim-dominated constituency, the BJP replaced sitting MLA Ajit Singh Mehta, who figured in an earlier list, and announced Khan's candidature on Monday.

The Congress, meanwhile, has reposed trust on eight Muslim candidates, who lost in the last Assembly election.

It has fielded three women, among which Safia and Gulnaz are the wives of two Muslim candidates who contested the 2013 election.

The BJP, on the other hand, dropped sitting MLA Habibur Rahman, following which he quit the party and returned to the Congress after a decade, becoming its candidate from Nagaur seat.

Rahman was the Waqf minister during former chief minister Ashok Gehlot-led government, but joined the BJP in 2008 after he was denied ticket by the Congress.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp