Kairana: Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Mulsimeen (AIMIM) has asked the Muslims in the state to vote for their own party and not be fooled by people who have been getting their votes and exploiting them. He made the claim while speaking at an election rally in Kairana, Shamli.
Kairana is the place that has been sort of a flashpoint for communal elements. BJP and its sister organizations have been claiming that people belonging to a particular community are being hounded out of town by people of minority community.
Now the high-pitched voice of the politician from far-away Hyderabad is certainly going to add to the cacophony and further inflame the situation not just in Kairana and Shamli but also in nearby Muzaffarnagar. People are yet to forget the scars of the gruesome rights that took place in Muzaffarnagar and nearby areas merely over three years ago. The MIM chieftain is reminding people about the riots in almost every speech that he delivers in the state.
In the meantime Owaisi’s party has released a list of 11 candidates for the first and second phases of the polls. The list includes Masiullah, who is the party candidate from Kairana and in whose support Mr. Owaisi is expected to speak on Friday.
While he is showing an outward optimism towards doing well in UP election 2017 in the state, he is expected to meet the same fate that he suffered in Bihar. The Owaisi-led party announced a list of four candidates for the first phase of polls which will take place on 73 Assembly seats on March 11. The party has fielded Mohd Idris from Agra South, Ahtasham Ali from Firozabad City, Maulana Masiullah from Kairana and Parvez Ahmed from Koil in Aligarh. Among the seven candidates the AIMIM announced for the second phase on March 15 when elections would be held on 67 assembly seats, include Junaid Ayubi from Behat assembly seat in Saharanpur and Talat Khan in Saharanpur, Haji Shahabuddin from Moradabad City, Haji Aslam Ansari Moradabad Dehat (rural) and Israr Hussain will contest from Kundarki seat in Saharanpur district. Yaseen Ansari from Bareilly City, and Shamim Ahmed Turk in Amroha city are the party candidates for the second phase of polls.
While he is pinning hope on Muslims in the state, Muslims are shrewd enough to realize that they will be wasting their votes by supporting Owaisi and his candidates. He is not expected to win a single seat, though can help a certain party win assembly seats even in those areas where Muslims have substantial population.
Most of the Assembly segments for which the party has fielded candidates have substantial population of Muslim votes and could see division of minority votes. The party which failed to open its account in Bihar Assembly polls, had won four gram panchayat seats in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls last year. MIM candidates won one gram panchayat each in Muzaffarnagar and Azamgarh and two panchayats in Balrampur district of UP. Importantly both the Panchayat members with MIM affiliation who won in Muzaffarnagar and in Azamgarh Nitrapal Singh Bodh, Kailash Kumar Gautham belong to Scheduled Caste.