former Union Minister Arif Baig of BJP by more than 6,000 votes. Aqueel got 73,070 votes against 66,406 polled by Baig. From Bhopal constituency, Congress had fielded Arif Masood, but he was unable to defeat Surendra Nath Singh of BJP, who won by a margin by around 6,000 votes. While the BJP had fielded only one Muslim candidate (Arif Baig), who was defeated and the Congress had five Muslim contestants, four of whom lost the battle.
The last (13th) Madhya Pradesh assembly also had only one Muslim member. (PTI)