[AIMIM Maharashtra President Syed Moin (third from left) in a file photo)]
Nanded: Syed Moin, President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Maharshtra, on Friday accused party chief Asaduddin Owaisi and his younger brother Akbaruddin Owaisi of "deserting him in difficult times" and announced his resignation from the post and the party.
"I was in prison for over a month during the recently held civic elections in Nanded. However, neither Asaduddin Owaisi nor Akbaruddin Owaisi came to support me or other party workers who were jailed with me.
"There is no sense to remain in an outfit where leaders don't care about the party workers in difficult times", he said while talking to reporters Friday.
Syed Moin was arrested by the Nanded Police after a brawl with a Congress candidate ahead of the Municipal Corporation election in the city scheduled to be held on October 11, 2017.
Along with Syed Moin, the Nanded Police had also arrested one AIMIM candidate and eleven party workers in the case.
They were let off after remaining in jail for over a month.
However, AIMIM was defeated in the 2017 Nanded civic election, though the party had won 11 seats five years ago. In fact, the victory in the 2012 Nanded elections was the first by the AIMIM outside Hyderabad.
Buoyed by the surprising victory in Nanded, AIMIM contested elections in other parts of the country including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Though it could not win any seat in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh state polls, the AIMIM surprised political analysts by winning 02 seats in 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections, and also by winning number of seats in Aurangabad, Malegaon, Mumbai, Kalyan, Pune, Shahada and other parts of Maharashtra.
"I worked day in and day out for more than ten years to strengthen the AIMIM in party. But, the party leadership never acknowledged my efforts", Syed Moin said.
"I never complained about this. But, when we were in jail, I was hoping that either Asaduddin Owaisi or Akbaruddin Owaisi, will definitely lend their support, if not for me, at least for the poor party workers who were suffering with me", he added.