Mumbai: Samajwadi Party is working hard to put up a better show in the forthcoming BMC election 2017 than the last time. The party is banking on its traditional vote bank of migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and to some extent from Bihar and has been exuding confidence that it will do better.
Nonetheless, the party is facing an existential threat as far as Mumbai is concerned. The All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by firebrand Asaduddin Owaisi has successfully poached into its Muslim vote bank.
Muslims have been traditional supporters of the SP and AIMIM entry into Mumbai threatens this solid support that ensured its some success. AIMIM has attracted local leaders from different political parties including the NCP, Congress and other parties. Akbaruddin Owaisi and Asaduddin Owaisi’s fiery speech ensure huge success for their rallies throughout the city. So while the AIMIM may not be a challenge for the Shiv Sena or the BJP it is certainly a tough challenge for the Samajwadi Party.
The party has released a list of 85 candidates who will be contesting the upcoming BMC polls. 85 Samajwadi Party candidates filed their nomination on Friday which was the last day of filing the nomination to contest the Municipal elections. Among the 85 candidates, 3 candidates are the currently BMC corporates who will be once again contesting from the SP ticket.
Abu Asim Azmi, the President of Maharashtra unit of the SP said “Our candidates have been very active in their respective wards and I am confident that maximum of our candidates will emerge victorious in the elections”. Only time will tell, how the party will perform or if there will be a whitewash.