The 2010 Bihar assembly elections for 243 seats starting on October 21, 2010 would be conducted in six phases. The first phase polls covering 47 seats would be on Oct 21, second covering 45 seats on Oct 24, third covering 48 seats on Oct 28, fourth covering 42 seats on Nov 1, fifth covering 35 on Nov 9, and sixth for 26 seats on November 20.
In a state that has 16 per cent Muslim population, every political party/ alliance takes the Muslim votes seriously but only at the time of election whether it is civic/ panchayati, assembly or parliamentary. After elections the Mulim voters become a neglected lot. So far as the tickets to the Muslims in the elections are concerned, a political party in a strong condition generally does not look towards them. When it is weak, it nominates them in a large number, resulting in the division of the Muslim votes.
This time too, it is occurring in Bihar. So far 74 Muslims in total have been given tickets by different political parties/ alliances for elections in three phases: First Phase (Oct 21)-37 Muslims, Second Phase (Oct 24) 24 Muslims and Third Phase (Oct 28) 13 Muslims.
It is to point out that for the first phase elections RJD has given tickets to 11 Muslims, LJP to 4, Congress to 17, JD (U) to 4, and BJP to one only. Similarly, for the second phase RJD-LJP alliance has chosen 10 Muslims, Congress 9 and JD (U)-BJP combine 5 only. The details for the third phase have also come. According to them, for the third phase, RJD-LJP combine and Congress have allotted tickets to 4 and 9 Muslims, respectively while JD (U)-BJP alliance has not chosen any Muslim candidate. As the lists for the rest three phases are yet to be finalized, the Muslim status for the remaining three phases would come to light later on.