Contesting its first poll in Pune, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has entered the fray for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) bypolls, voting for which will be held on November 1.
The Hyderabad-based political party is banking on the Muslim and Dalit population to win the city. The bypoll in Ward 63 was necessitated after the disqualification of a Shiv Sena corporator for allegedly providing a fake OBC certificate to the election commission.
Anjum Inamdar, western Maharashtra president of the party, said that the bypoll would serve as a litmus test for MIM which has decided to contest the 2017 PMC polls with full force.
“We want to give candidates in all 152 wards of PMC in 2017. This bypoll will serve as a practice session for the leadership and for party workers,” said Inamdar.
He said that the party’s city unit was emboldened by the positive response received from the Muslims in the city when it opened it’s office some months ago.
“In February, when we had organised a reservation rally in which party chief Asaduddin Owaisi addressed a crowd of as many as 10,000 people without any formal invite.
Later, when we opened the office in the city, the response was encouraging. Over 50 per cent people in ward 63 are Muslims. Our decision has forced Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to strike an alliance,” said Inamdar.
The party has already decided its candidate — Majhar Maniyar, a Kondhwa resident. The last date of submitting forms is October 13. The polling will take place November 1. The results will be announced the next day.