In the assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh, even though the noise of Hindu-Muslim is being heard all around, but the situation is different in the neighboring state of Uttarakhand. Elections are here too, but Muslims are not in the center of discussion. Now the question is whether the base of Muslim voters is not that strong here or there is no social situation like UP here. After all, where do Muslims stand in the politics of this state?
Uttarakhand is a small state, most of which is hilly. This state with 13 districts has a population of one crore. There are 70 seats in the Legislative Assembly and five in the Lok Sabha. The number of Muslim voters in Uttarakhand is about 13 percent. Muslim voters are seen in a decisive position in Haridwar, Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital. But when it comes to ticket to Muslim leaders and their becoming MLAs, then this number is very less visible.
In the 2017 elections, two Muslim MLAs were elected from the state, who won on Congress party ticket. Congress had given a total of three tickets to Muslims, out of which Haji Taslim was defeated in Laksar seat, while Qazi Nizamuddin Congress MLA from Mangalore and Furqan Ahmed Congress MLA won from Mangalore. All these three seats come in Haridwar district.
In the year 2000, Uttarakhand came into existence as the 27th state of the country. Since then, there have been four general elections to the Legislative Assembly. In all these elections, the main battle was between the Congress and the BJP and the government of both the parties was formed alternately. The BJP never gave any ticket and the Congress kept fielding Muslim candidates in just one or two seats.
How many Muslim candidates?
For the 2022 assembly elections, the Congress has so far released a list of 63 candidates, while the BJP has declared 61 candidates. As usual this time also there is no Muslim candidate in BJP’s list, whereas there are two names in Congress’s list. Bahujan Samaj Party has three Muslim names in its list of 37 candidates. This time the Aam Aadmi Party is also in the fray and it has also fielded two Muslim candidates.For the 2022 assembly elections, the Congress has so far released a list of 63 candidates, while the BJP has declared 61 candidates. As usual this time also there is no Muslim candidate in BJP’s list, whereas there are two names in Congress’s list. Bahujan Samaj Party has three Muslim names in its list of 37 candidates. This time the Aam Aadmi Party is also in the fray and it has also fielded two Muslim candidates.
Writer and senior journalist Praveen Kumar Bhatt says that Uttarakhand is a hilly state and the situation here is completely different from other states. This is a state of agitation, Muslims are not politically aware. Instead of a campaigner, he has become a mere voter. Praveen Bhatt says that the Muslim of the mountain and the plain is also different, the nature of both is different, the Muslims who are in the mountain, they live there for years like the rest of the hills, their living conditions are also like other hills and because They are settled in small villages or pockets, so their political activism has not increased.
However, now it is being tried. Some Muslim youth have formed Muslim Service Organization and this organization is working for about five years. The people of the organization are now getting into electoral politics as well. Recently, when voice was raised against Muslims in Haridwar Dharma Sansad, this organization demonstrated from Haridwar to Dehradun. Now the organization has decided to contest on 6 seats of Dehradun district.