Sources in the GPP, which has announced candidates only for the first phase scheduled for Dec 13 and remained non-committal about the second, said the party did not take any firm stand against fielding Muslim candidates and was looking for suitable candidates.
Meanwhile, the BJP, which did not include any Muslim in the first list, announced the second list on Wednesday, with only five seats remaining. The state BJP, while explaining its decision to omit Muslims, said the party did not believe in the politics of appeasement. It added that 75 per cent of the sitting MLAs were fielded again this time while long-serving party workers were nominated for the remaining seats, hence leaving little option to accommodate Muslims.
A local rights activist said the BJP's decision was expected for if Modi decided to field a Muslim from any seat, it would have alienated hardcore VHP and RSS supporters and hence would have played in favour of the GPP.