AHEAD OF the civic polls, two leaders and many party workers of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday. The two leaders — Sameer Thakur, MIM’s general secretary of South Mumbai unit, and Saeed Moosa, a social worker from Byculla — used to look after the MIM office. This is being seen as a setback for party MLA Waris Pathan from Byculla.
“People have realised that they want development and genuine work and not just emotive issues and appeals. You can win elections once on speeches, but not always. The people in the community have seen our work and are supporting us,” said Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party’s group leader in the BMC. Shaikh, who is a corporator from Govandi, is now contesting from the Madanpura area due to the recent delimitation and reservations of the wards.
The SP has decided to field 115 candidates for the civic polls to be held early next year. Recently, the SP had launched its poll campaign with a ‘parivartan rally’ in Kandivli.
At present, the SP has nine corporators in the 227 members of the civic body. “We are seeking votes based on development and nothing else,” said Shaikh, indicating many leaders from other parties may join the SP in coming days.