by Muslim Mirror Staff
In the 2023-2028 term, nine Muslim candidates from the Congress party have been elected as MLAs in Karnataka, which is a slight improvement from the previous term. This brings the Muslim representation in the Vidhan Soudha to 4%, despite Muslims constituting over 13% of the state’s population. The JD(S) fielded 23 Muslim candidates but failed to secure any seats.
In 2008, there were nine Muslim members in the Assembly, and by 2013, the number increased to 11, with nine from the Congress and two from the Janata Dal (Secular). Notably, the JD(S) rejected the idea of forming an alliance with the AIMIM. In the recent election, the AIMIM contested two seats but received only 0.02 percent of the total votes. In at least 19 seats, Muslims comprise over 30% of the electorate.
In the recent election, the following Muslim candidates emerged as winners:
1. Asif (Raju) Sait from Uttar Belgaum, defeating BJP’s Ravi B Patil by 4231 votes.
2. Kaneez Fatima from Uttar Gulbarga, defeating BJP’s Chandrakant B Patil by 2712 votes.
3. Rahim Khan from Bidar, defeating Suryakanth Nagamarpalli of the JD(S) by 10780 votes.
4. Rizwan Arshad from Shivajinagar, defeating BJP’s N Chandra by 23194 votes.
5. NA Haris from Shanti Nagar, defeating BJP’s K Shivakumar by 7125 votes.
6. BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan from Chamrajpet, defeating BJP’s Bhaskar Rao by 53953 votes.
7. HA Iqbal Hussain from Ramanagaram, defeating Nikhil Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) by 10715 votes.
8. UT Khader Fareed from Mangaluru, defeating BJP’s Sathish Kumpala by 22790 votes.
9. Tanveer Sait from Narasimharaja, defeating S Satheesh Sandesh Swamy of the BJP by 31120 votes.
The highest Muslim participation in the Assembly was 16 MLAs in 1978, while the lowest was two Muslims during Ramakrishna Hegde’s chief ministership in 1983.