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दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी पार्टी BJP आखिर मुस्लिमों के लिए बड़ा दिल दिखाते हुए उन्हें टिकट क्यों नहीं देती?

As far as the absence of a BJP member in Parliament is concerned, the presence of BJP Muslim members in Parliament has always been very low. Naqvi was a three-time member of the Rajya Sabha, while once he won the election from Rampur and reached the Lok Sabha.

The BJP may be the largest party in the world but some people propagate it as anti-Muslim. Opponents of the BJP also say that the saffron party does not give tickets to Muslims in elections and does not even make them ministers. The allegations were made when senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had to resign from the Union Cabinet. This is the first time in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eight-year tenure that not a single member of the Muslim community has been part of his cabinet. Not only that, the BJP has 395 members in both the Houses of Parliament, but none of them belong to the Muslim community.

As far as Naqvi’s resignation from the Union Cabinet is concerned, let me tell you that elections were held last month for 57 Rajya Sabha seats in 15 states. Apart from Naqvi, BJP MPs MJ Akbar and Syed Zafar Islam were also among the 57 members whose term in the Rajya Sabha was coming to an end. The BJP has not re-nominated these three Muslim leaders as Rajya Sabha candidates. Let me remind you that when Modi became Prime Minister for the first time after winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Najma Heptullah and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were included in his cabinet as representatives of the Muslim community. Najma Heptullah was made Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Minority Affairs and Naqvi Minister of State. Naqvi was made a cabinet minister when Najma Heptullah was made the governor of Manipur in 2016. In 2016, Madhya Pradesh Rajya Sabha member MJ Akbar was made Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs. However, he had to resign from the cabinet following allegations of sexual harassment leveled by a woman journalist. He was the first minister in the Modi government to resign in this way. After the resignation of MJ Akbar, Naqvi was still the representative of the Muslim community in the Union Council of Ministers.

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On the other hand, if we talk about the absence of a single BJP member in Parliament, the presence of BJP Muslim members in Parliament has always been very low. Now, after a long time, it is happening that there will not be a single Muslim member of the BJP in Parliament. As for the Muslim leaders of the BJP, Naqvi was a member of the Rajya Sabha three times, while once he won the elections from Rampur and reached the Lok Sabha. Najma Heptullah was a two-time member of the Rajya Sabha. Shahnawaz Hussain, who was a member of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet, was twice elected to the Lok Sabha. The first time he won from Kishanganj and the second time he won from Bhagalpur and became a member of Lok Sabha. He is currently the Industry Minister in the Bihar Government. Sikandar Bakht, a founding member of the BJP, was also a member of the Rajya Sabha twice. He was a cabinet minister in Atalji’s government. He was later made the Governor of Kerala. He was one of the first three general secretaries of the BJP. If we talk about Muslim ministers in the BJP governments of the states, in Bihar where Shahnawaz Hussain is the minister, in Uttar Pradesh, Danish Azad Ansari is the Minister of State in the cabinet of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Mohsin Raza, who had been the Minister of State in the previous tenure of the Yogi government, did not get another chance this time. Apart from this, the current Governor of Kerala Arif Mohammad Khan has also contested the Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket.

Let me remind you that the BJP did not field a single Muslim candidate during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections earlier this year. When Union Home Minister Amit Shah was asked what the BJP’s relationship was with Muslims, he said it was the relationship between the government and a responsible political party. He said if there is any discrimination in his welfare after winning the election, he can be charged.

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If seen, the BJP has moved on the principles of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas to quickly extend the benefits of the government’s welfare schemes to the minority class and free Muslim women from the curse of triple divorce. The votes of this community are constantly getting to him. The BJP also won the recent by-elections in Rampur and Azamgarh parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh, both of which are minority-dominated. The BJP is constantly trying to prove that the welfare of Muslims is not only by giving them election tickets, feasting on Iftar or appeasing them, but by giving them the benefit of the doubt.

However, it is true that there should be adequate participation of all classes in politics but it is also wrong to look at an MP from the prism of caste or religion. Members of Parliament are representatives of the people and do not belong to any particular religion.

-Neeraj Kumar Dubey

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