Update: BJP is winning in all the three corporations in Delhi, AAP second placed, while Congress relegated to 3rd spot
Update: Asaduddin Owaisi led AIMIM will have to wait rather long to open its account in Delhi. Fails to make an impact
New Delhi: How many seats Asaduddin Owaisi led AIMIM will win in MCD elections 2017? The Hyderabad based party had put up nine candidates from different areas of the capital. Most of these seats were in those areas where Muslims are numerically strong, though it also nominated a non Muslim candidate.
In the last few days of the election, Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of the Hyderabad based political party addressed massive rally in Jamia Nagar’s Shaheen Bagh locality. Local political observers claim that it was the biggest rally of the entire MCD election in this part of the capital.
It must be kept in mind that Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal too had addressed a political rally in the run up to the MCD election, but the number attracted by Owaisi was much bigger than the Kejriwal rally. The irony is that till two years ago, Kejriwal’s meetings attracted larger crowds than even the biggest rockstars in the capital.
Things seem to be changing. But the large crowd doesn’t mean that AIMIM will win a couple of seats here. The party had attracted larger crowds in UP assembly election, but couldn’t win a single seat despite contesting from dozens of seats across the state.
There is no denying that the AIMIM suffered a huge disappointment in UP, a state with 19.3% Muslim voters. The Hyderabad party with least relevance to a North Indian state, AIMIM fielded candidates on seats where Muslim voters were in large numbers and focused its campaign there. The most prominent AIMIM candidate was Zia-ur-Rehman, the grandson of BSP MP Shafeequr Rehman Barq. Rehman finished second in Sambhal with 60,426 votes behind SP’s Iqbal Mehmood who got 79,248.
It was the best result for the party. But the votes came not in the name of Owaisi but in the name of grandfather of the candidate, Shafiqur Rahman barq. The other best performing AIMIM candidate Mohd was Tabish Khan came fifth with 19,040 votes from Mehdawal seat. BJP’s Rakesh Singh Baghel won the seat, polling 86,97 votes.
Even before UP, the AIMIM felt disheartened after winning merely two seats in BMC elections in Mumbai. Despite fielding large number of candidates and having an MLA in the city from Byculla, the party’s efforts came a cropper. Now the party is pinning its hope on winning a few seats from Delhi’s Muslim populated areas. But I fear another disappointment is in store for the party.