BJP ought to have given tickets to Muslims for UP polls: Rajnath Singh

Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the BJP should have given tickets to Muslim candidates for the Uttar Pradesh elections.

BJP ought to have given tickets to Muslims for UP polls: Rajnath Singh

Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the BJP should have given tickets to Muslim candidates for the Uttar Pradesh elections.

In an interview with Times Now Rajnath Singh said, "We've given tickets to minorities in many other states... Talks must have happened here (in UP) as well... I was not there, this is based on what I have learnt. Maybe they (BJP parliamentary board) didn't find any (winnable Muslim candidate). But I believe even they (Muslims) should get it."


When asked specifically whether Muslim candidates should have been given tickets, Rajnath replied, "They should have been. Whoever deserves must get."

The BJP has not given a single ticket to a Muslim candidate for the 2017 UP state polls. Muslims constitute around 20% of the population in UP.

Rajnath added that ‘had there been a Muslim candidate, 'it would not have harmed us’.

BJP has consistently said that ticket distribution is done on the basis of merit and winnability of the candidate, not their caste or religion.