When the vote counting took place on May 23 for the 17th Lok Sabha in 542 constituencies across India, as many as five Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) came out as the victors.
The five AMU alumni who made it to the lower house of the parliament are: Azam Khan from Rampur, Hazi Fazlur Rehman from Saharanpur and Dr ST Hasan from Moradabad, these three belong to SP-BSP Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh; while Mohammad Akbar Lone and Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser, are from Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar, respectively.
SP leader Azam Khan defeated BJP’s Jaya Prada with a margin of over 1 lakh votes in Rampur. In Moradabad, ST Hasan came out as a victor against Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar of the BJP with a margin of more than 95,000 votes.
National Conference’s Lone defeated Jammu & Kashmir People’s Conference’s Raja Aijaz Ali in Baramulla. In Bihar’s Khagaria, LJP’ Kaiser defeated Vikassheel Insaan Party head Mukesh Sahani.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party had sealed a remarkable 71 seats out of 80 in Uttar Pradesh with the then ruling party in the state Samajwadi Party getting just 5 seats. No Muslim candidate had won from the state in the 16th General Elections.
In the 2019 general elections, the saffron party registered a victory in 62 seats, while the BSP won in 10 seats. The Samajwadi Party won a mare 5 seats, Congress registered their sole victory in Raebereli constituency. BJP ally Apna Dal won both the Lok Sabha seats they competed in – Mirzapur and Robertsganj.