In a big setback to Asaduddin Owaisi, the Maharashtra election commission on Wednesday barred his AIMIM and other 190 local political parties from contesting the state civic polls for failing to submit its income tax and audit report.
The SEC had earlier issued notices to the party asking it to submit the reports failing which its registration will be cancelled. The party members, however, can contest elections independently. Imtiaz Jaleel, one of its MLAs tweeted, “Will appeal with Maharashtra EC against ban on AIMIM for not filing returns. Party will contest local body elections due in few months.”
The parties which lost their registration also includes RPI-Khobragade faction, State Election Commissioner J S Saharia said. AIMIM has two members in the state Assembly. So far, 359 political parties have been registered with the Commission. Of these, 17 are recognised parties, he said. Notices were served to 326 parties for failure to submit necessary documents, Saharia said.
Despite sending reminders to them and extending the deadline on request of some of them, they have allegedly failed to submit any documents, he said. “If the parties want to contest elections in Maharashtra, they have to register,” Saharia said. In the 2015 municipal elections, AIMIM had made an impressive debut in Aurangabad. The party had emerged as the main opposition party winning 24 seats.
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