Mafuja Khatun, BJP’s First Muslim Candidate In Bengal


Kolkata: BJP on Saturday released the another list of 11 candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The list includes names of six candidates from Telangana, one from Kerala, three from Uttar Pradesh and one from West Bengal. Bhola Singh will contest from Bulandsharh in Uttar Pradesh, Pradeep Chaudhury from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh.

Mafuja Khatun, Bharatiya Janata Party’s first Muslim candidate in West Bengal, will take on Congress candidate Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee. Abhijit, 59, is the incumbent from Jangipur constituency in Murshidabad district.

Khatun, whose candidature was announced on Saturday, said that she would focus her campaign on the Narendra Modi government’s initiative to liberate Muslim women from the evil of instant triple talaq.

Khatun, 47, is a two-time former Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA from neighbouring Dakshin Dinajpur district.

She joined the BJP in 2017 after losing the 2016 assembly elections to Trinamool Congress (TMC). Jangipur is one of the three Lok Sabha seats in Murshidabad district, where Muslims comprise about 67% of the population, according to the census of 2011.