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Friday November 02, 2012 10:21:20 PM, & Agencies

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Nanded: 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 Party, abstaining 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.





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