Mumbai: The wily politician that he is, senior All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi has invited Samajwadi Party leader and Mumbai based businessman Abu Asim Azmi to join his party. Ever since the campaigning for local BMC elections was set in motion, there is a sort of stampede from ticket-seekers from different parties to join the Hyderabad based party.
Asaduddin Owaisi led party had done rather well in last Maharashtra assembly elections. Now it wants to repeat the same performance in BMC elections. The fact that Congress party and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are separately fighting the election is certainly going to help the party in BMC polls.
Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is known for his provocative speeches in the past and is MIM legislature party leader in Telangana Assembly, has asked Abu Asim Azmi to join the party.
While addressing a political rally in Govandi in Mumbai, Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is the younger brother of Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi, invited Azmi to join MI saying, “Our doors are open for you. Come and join the Majlis”.
If that was not enough, Akbaruddin said, “If you are feeling suffocating in Samajwadi Party and are not able to work for the community, come and join Majlis”. Abu Asim Azmi is an MLA from Mumbai’s Shivaji Nagar constituency. But the invitation is nothing more than a joke as Azmi is the tallest Samajwadi Party leader in Maharashtra and was elected from two constituencies in the last assembly elections on SP ticket.
Meanwhile there are allegations that the party is doing the BJP’s bidding and will only cause division of Muslim votes. But Party MLA from Mumbai’s Byculla constituency, Waris Pathan says it is incorrect. He goes on to add, “We are not contesting next month’s municipal polls just to play spoilsport by splitting votes. Our goal is to win enough seats and dislodge the Congress and the Samajwadi Party. We are also battling the BJP and the Sena, and are not anyone’s B-Team. The AIMIM will be a match winner, the results will show. They [Congress leaders] may say anything, but look what has happened to their party across the country. The same will happen in the BMC polls”.