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‘People of Gujarat have welcomed Majlis with open arms’: AIMIM on impressive local polls performance

With this win, the AIMIM has become the main opposition to the BJP in Modasa, which won 19 seats. The Congress could only manage to win four seats.

Written by Vaibhav Jha | Ahmedabad |
Updated: March 2, 2021 9:51:29 pm
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi in Godhra.(Twitter/@aimim_national)

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) scored an impressive performance in the municipalities, district and taluka panchayat elections on Tuesday by securing nine seats in Modasa, seven in Godhra and one in Bharuch.

The debutant party had fielded 12 candidates in three wards of Modasa municipality in Aravalli, of which nine won. In Godhra municipality, AIMIM had fielded eight candidates in two wards of which seven won and in Bharuch, they got one seat in nagarpalika after fielding 13 candidates for both nagarpalika and taluka panchayat polls.

“The results have shown that the people of Gujarat have welcomed Majlis with open arms. The future of our party in Gujarat is bright and taking inspiration from today’s performance, we have started preparing for gram panchayat elections in October and then Vidhan Sabha elections in 2022,” said Hamid Bhatti, general secretary, Gujarat AIMIM.

The AIMIM was contesting in alliance with tribal MLA Chhotubhai Vasava’s Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) the latter having a foothold in the districts of Bharuch and Narmada in central Gujarat. However, the BJP swept these districts.

Reacting to allegations by the Congress that AIMIM is the ‘B team’ of BJP, Bhatti said, “the people of Gujarat have given the answer to Congress on who is B team of which party. The Congress should have contested on issues but they resorted to attacks on AIMIM.”

Speaking to The Indian Express, Shamshad Pathan, spokesperson for AIMIM said, “The results have shown that whichever party will raise the issues of people, that party will only give votes. The people of Gujarat not only want an alternative to main winning party they also want an option for main opposition party in the state.”

One constituency where AIMIM struck gold is Modasa in Aravalli where they had 75% winning percentage. Modasa also accounted for high polling percentage with 62.70% while the state average was 59.05%.

Even last year during the countrywide CAA NRC protests, Modasa saw several rallies organised independently by its people on protest.

The AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi had done rallies in Bharuch, Modasa and Godhra.

Out of the nine candidates of AIMIM who won, four are women.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Suleman Khan, an activist from Modasa, said, “Modasa has been the land of agitations and for some time, the Congress party had taken the Muslim voters for granted because they thought there was no other option. Even with a month’s time for preparation, AIMIM scored nine out of 12 seats they contested. Today’s elections returns will have an impact in the Vidhan Sabha polls.”

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