Hindustan News 26/10/2016

Two months after the state election commission revoked its suspension, the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) headed by Asaduddin Owaisi has decided to contest the elections in 60 of the 195 municipal councils that go to the polls in the next couple of months.

The Hyderabad-based party made its debut in the state assembly with victory in two seats, Byculla and Aurangabad Central, in the 2014 assembly election. Subsequently , it won 26 of the 115 seats in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation election in March 2015.

The party has now decided to contest five municipal councils in Aurangabad district. The party’s state core committee member, Dr Gaffar Qadri, told TOI: “The party has decided to contest 60 municipal councils in the state for the elections scheduled next month.“

He said party president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi would campaign at all these places.

MIM leaders claim its popularity among Muslims is intact.“We are raising the right questions and our appeal has increa sed among Muslims and Dalits,“ Byculla MLA Waris Pathan said, ad ding that they would al so fight the BMC polls.

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