In an attempt to woo the Muslim vote-bank that drifted towards
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the recently
concluded civic elections, Congress nominated Abdus Sattar as its mayoral
candidate who won the election held on Thursday bagging 52 votes
in the house of 81.
Abdus Sattar became the second
Muslim mayor of Nanded - the Marathwada city famous for the Sikh
Gurdwara. Ex Congress councilor Shamim Begum was the first Muslim
mayor of this city who occupied the post in 2006-07.
The elections that was held at the
Nanded Civic headquarter on Thursday in the morning also saw
Congress candidate Ananad Chavan winning the election for the post
of Dy Mayor. He also bagged 52 votes.
Ten members of the Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) and the lone independent in the
general body also voted in favour the Congress nominee.
With 11 members of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), along with two members of its ally, Samvidhan
from voting, the Shiv Sena-BJP combine could win just 16 votes.
Angry with the Congress for
backtracking on many assurances, the minority community used its
franchises heavily in favour of Hyderabad-based
All India Majlise-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) during the recently-concluded
elections of the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC).
Former chief minister Ashok Chavan himself accepted MIM’s sudden
growth and said the seats were actually Congress party seats.
Nanded district chief of AIMIM Sayyed Moin said residents of old
Nanded city always supported the Congress. But the party still
ignored the city’s development. Also, the party had promised that
the MLC seat from Nanded local government constituency would be
allotted to someone from the minority community. That was ignored
as well and Amar Rajurkar, a close associate of Chavan, was made
the Nanded MLC.
Even before the NWMC elections in 2009, Chavan had promised the
mayoral post to a minority candidate, but it went to Ajay Bhasin.
“With so many unfulfilled promises, the minority community voted
against the Congress,” Moin said.