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Published in the 1-15 Aug 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Assam Muslim representation in Parliament

By Md. Hasibor Rahman

Muslim representation to
 Lok Sabha (1952-2004)


Lok Sabha 

 No. of Muslim

 No. of Muslims 



3 1
1957 12 5 2
1962 12 7 1
1967 14 5 2
1972 14 NA 1
1977 14 8 3
1980 14 1 -
1983 14 3 1
1985 14 16 3
1991 14 30 1
1996 14 NA 2
1999 14 NA 2
2004 14 NA 2

The Muslim representation to the Rajya Sabha has also been equally far from satisfactory. During the last five decades only four Muslim candidates were nominated or elected to the Upper House. They were Justice Baharul Islam, Sayed Abdul Malik, Muhammad Tayyabullah and Anowara Taimur. Since the Muslim majority constituency of Karimgonj has been kept reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidate, justice demands that a Muslim candidate be always nominated or elected to the Rajya Sabha from that constituency or elsewhere so that the Muslims of Assam receive their due representation to the Upper House.

The representation of Muslims from north east, particularly of Assam, to the Parliament and Union cabinet has not been adequate. Only two Muslim members of the Parliament from Assam, Moinul Haque Chowdhary and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, who later became president of the country, had been included in the Union cabinet. 

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