In the run up to the 2017 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has announced to hold a convention of its party workers in Sidharth Nagar district on December 31.
While the convention will be attended by workers from 22 districts, mainly from eastern region of the state, it will, significantly, not feature the AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, who has passed on the “instructions and directions” on how to go about the convention to the party’s state president Shaukat Ali and other leaders.
“We have invited our district-level and assembly-level unit workers and office bearers to the convention. Our main agenda is to strengthen the party at the booth level. Our president (Owaisi) has given us the directions to constitute booth-level committees,” Ali told The Indian Express. He explained that constitution of these committees was going to be the next step after the party’s meeting of its western UP workers recently in New Delhi, in the presence of Owaisi, which had led to AIMIM deciding on its need to hold similar meetings.
Although Owaisi will not be attending the convention on December 31, his message will be read out to the workers. “Owaisi saheb has given us directions about two things —- strengthen AIMIM by constituting booth-level committees and expand the party’s horizons to Dalit-Muslim combination. This message will be communicated to the workers of eastern UP and they will be assigned important roles,” Ali said.
In February, AIMIM held its maiden UP rally in Maharajganj. The rally was attended by party leaders from Hyderabad, including MLA Ahmed Pasha Quadri. Muzaffarnagar riots and “harassment of Muslims” had remained the issues for that meeting. Now, the party has decided to adopt a more political approach to attract Dalit voters by presenting itself as the party ready to take up the cause of downtrodden, a leader said.