The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has urged the ruling alliance of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to field at least 38 Muslims for the 288-member Maharashtra assembly elections, expected to be held in October.
State president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Engineer Nazar M Mad'oo told reporters in Mumbai on Wednesday that since the state had an approximate 13 percent Muslim population, the ruling alliance must give tickets to Muslims to contest on at least 38 seats.
Asked if the alliance would agree to the demand given that it had only two Muslims among candidates from Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha elections, Mad'oo said, "We are requesting them."
He pointed out that the community was hoping to get nominations for those constituencies where Muslims are concentrated in sizeable numbers.
The constituencies include Malegaon Central, Bhiwandi East & West, Mumbra-Kausa, Mira-Bhayander, Dhule City, Nagpur Central, Osmanabad, Aurangabad Central and Western, Akola, Yavatmal, and Jalgaon City.
He also cited Byculla, Wadala, Mumbadevi, Bandra West, Mankhurd-Shivaji Nagar, Andheri West and Charkop constituencies in Mumbai.
Mad'oo said Muslims would also support candidates from the Scheduled Castes and Tribes in all reserved constituencies where the community has more than 20 percent presence.
There were 10 such constituencies that include Pune Cantonment, Nagpur North, and Dharavi and Kurla seats in Mumbai, he said.
When asked about the new grand alliance of factions of the Republican Party of India (RPI), which is allying with the Left Front, he said: "It is a good development that a Third Front is emerging."
The Jamaat has also put forth a 12-point charter of demands for all political parties.
"The demands include implementation of the recommendations of the Justice BN Srikrishna Commission and Gundewar Commision, an autonomous status with full administrative powers to the Waqf Board, statutory status for the State Minority Commission, stopping the misuse of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and probing the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks by a Supreme Court judge," Mad'oo said.