PATNA — Out of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar where Muslims are in majority, 13 seats went to NDA and the only Muslim-dominated seat of Kishanganj has been taken over by Congress in the current Parliamentary elections of 2019.
The Muslim population ranges from 11 to 68 per cent in those constituencies, Kishanganj has the maximum Muslim population of 68 pc.
The number of Muslim voters in Katihar is 44 pc. JD (U)’s Dulal Chandra Goswami won the seat with 50 pc votes.
BJP’s Pradeep Singh got 52.87 votes in Araria where Muslim voters are 42 pc.
Muslim candidates were in the fray in all the 3 above mentioned constituencies.
RJD’s Abdul Bari Siddiqui got just 33.02 pc votes in Darbhanga, while BJP’s Gopal Gee Thakur got 60.79 pc votes. These figures refute the claim of voting on religious grounds. Darbhanga has 23 pc Muslim voters.
East Champaran and Sitamarhi have 21 pc Muslims voters; in both the constituencies NDA candidates won with a margin of more than 50 pc votes.
Siwan and Madhubani have 18 pc Muslim voters. JDU’s Kavita Singh won in Siwan defeating Hina Shahab w/o Mohammed Shahabuddin.
In Madhubani, BJP’s candidate Ashok Kumar Yadav set a record by getting 61.83 pc votes.
Apart from that, Bhagalpur, Sheohar, Begusarai, and Khagaria seats were also won by NDA candidates.
In 2014, four Muslim candidates were elected as Lok Sabha MPs from Bihar state while the number has come down to two only in 2019.
(With media inputs)