TFP/ Syed Sufwan Mohiuddin
Hyderabad, Nov 27: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday asserted that the number of Muslim ministers in ten states where 80 per cent of India’s Muslims reside is almost half of what it was before 2014.
Taking it to Twitter, Asad Owaisi stressed that of these ten states, four Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states don’t have a single Muslim minister.
“14% of India has only 3.93% ministers in states,” he added in his tweet.
Along with the tweet, he shared a media report titled ‘Muslim ministers: Numbers lag far behind share in population’ from a leading news media.
Last week, a 15-member NDA Cabinet took charge in Bihar, with the BJP as the largest party in the alliance — and without a single Muslim representative. This was the first time in decades that the Bihar government did not have a Muslim minister.
Of the top 10 states where 80 per cent of India’s Muslims reside, the total strength of the Council of Ministers is 281, out of which only 16 are Muslims. The representation of the community in the Council of Ministers is only 5.7 per cent — less than a third of their share in the states’ population.
Four of these 10 states, Assam, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Bihar — all where the BJP is in power — do not have a single Muslim representative in government.
The only BJP-ruled state that has a Muslim minister is Uttar Pradesh — where Mohsin Raza is the MoS in charge of Minority Welfare.
The number of Muslim ministers in these 10 states was also almost double at 34 pre-2014.
Asad Owaisi has been advocating for Muslim representation in Parliament and all legislatures.
Owaisi, in his tweet last week, said, “Our very presence in Parliament and Assemblies is an act of defiance against Hindutva Sangh would celebrate if we simply ceased to exist one day.”