AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. (HT)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. (HT)

AIMIM may contest 50% seats in Jharkhand

  • So far, AIMIM has announced only three names for Jharkhand polls, which will take place in 5 phases from 30 Nov
  • The party will contest the elections on its own

HYDERABAD : The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimee (AIMIM) is likely to contest at least half the total seats in the coming Jharkhand assembly polls in the party’s maiden election in the state.

Party leaders from Hyderabad, where AIMIM is headquartered, said that while candidate names are still being finalized, the final number might touch the halfway mark or go higher.

In the recent Maharashtra polls, AIMIM contested 44 out of 288 seats and won two. In many seats, it managed to get a significant enough vote share, which analysts believe hurt the chances of the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance. In Jharkhand, however, it has yet to test the waters.

In October, the party also won the Kishanganj by-election in Bihar, unseating the Congress in one of its bastions.

Jharkhand, which has 81 assembly seats, will go to polls in five phases beginning 30 November. So far, AIMIM has only announced three names. “More names are being finalized," said an AIMIM functionary from Hyderabad, adding that about a third of the names are likely to be decided soon.

The AIMIM functionary said the party will contest the elections on its own. He, however, did not wish to comment when asked what kind of impact AIMIM is likely to have on the results.

Before the Maharashtra elections this year, AIMIM had backed out of an alliance with the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, an alliance of Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and other caste/community organizations.

“Owaisi, on the day of Ayodha verdict, said Muslims should remove the idea of voting for secular parties from their mind, and was essentially asking them to vote for him or someone like him. He also said that Muslims should encourage secularists and Dalits to also vote on similar lines. That’s a very dangerous statement," said political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy.

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