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Asaduddin Owaisi’s Kishanganj rally makes JD(U), RJD and Congress nervous

JD (U) Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson KC Tyagi said, "So long as Owaisi does not officially declare his candidates, we will not react".

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: August 17, 2015 4:19 pm
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Even as the chief of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehhadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi looks all set to field his candidates in Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region of Kishanganj, Araria, Purnia and Katihar, Grand Alliance constituents, JD (U), RJD and Congress, find it difficult to explain the possible “Owaisi impact” in the belt where BJP did not win any Lok Sabha seat despite the Narendra Modi wave and the NDA winning 31 of 40 Bihar seats.

Owaisi, Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad, had addressed a well-attended rally on Sunday at Kishanganj, where he catered to the youth and targeted both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad for their brand of “secularism”. Though local JD (U), RJD and Congress have not been reading too much into AIMIM leader’s likely foray in Seemanchal politics publicly, they have been wary of the growing popularity of Owaisi.

Owaisi has got in his rank a firebrand local leader, former Kochadaman RJD MLA Akhtarul Iman who had made news in the last Lok Sabha election by withdrawing from the Kishanganj seat as the JD (U) candidate thereby giving a walkover to sitting Congress MP Asrarul Haque. Owaisi made it clear that Iman would be his candidate from Kishanganj. Iman, who is a powerful speaker, has a good hold on the area and can mobilise youth support.

The BJP does not stand much chance in at least 10 of the 24 Seemanchal seats, dominated by Muslims. It may expect Owaisi to split the Muslim belts giving its candidates an outside chance in the belt that is pocket borough of the Grand Alliance parties. RJD’s Taslimuddin had won the Araria Lok Sabha seat and NCP’s Tariq Anwar had won the Katihar seat. In the 2010 Assembly polls, NDA under Nitish had won most of the Seemanchal seats.

JD (U) Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson KC Tyagi told The Indian Express, “So long as Owaisi does not officially declare his candidates, we will not react. Owaisi had told me in a casual conversation sometime ago that his party would not contest the Bihar polls. If he does, voters should apply their minds to consider the motive of someone like Owaisi”.

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    Selva
    Aug 17, 2015 at 4:57 pm
    You are talking of communal politics? - Majority Hindus have become communal because of you guys and Congress Dogs!! Pl realise that more you guys support Owaisis in the name of consolidation of your votes, we will get consolidating our majority votes - imagine 73% against 12%....... hope better sense prevails....
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      Indian
      Aug 20, 2015 at 2:48 pm
      Mr K C Tayagi, public can not be fooled by the old experienced lalu saheb and other fekhoo leaders. People want peace, harmony and progress and development in country. Falls promises will take down even to BJP.
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        Indian First
        Aug 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm
        Dekho dekho kaun aya.... Sher aya sher aya.....
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          Harry
          Aug 18, 2015 at 1:33 am
          Owasi is Indian citizen, so he has every right to form a party & his party has every right to contest election. So let them fight election. If Congress JD(U) or RJD don't like it too bad so sad. I wish AIMIM success in wining few seats in Bihar. If that happens Lallu, Mulayam, Nitish & Congress will be forced to give some real benefits to Muslims. I would also like to see what happens when they do.
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            Harry
            Aug 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm
            Satish, tell us how is Owasi anti-national? Has he supported stan? Has he flown ISIS flag? it is time to let Indian Muslims represented by Muslim party, so that Muslim community can reform.Owasi brothers are educated. We lost millions of people in parion because Congress, though led by hi but Nehru major influence, refused separate ballot for Muslims which Jinnah wanted as condition for united India.
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