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Congress, NCP corporators in race to join MIM in Aurangabad
MIM leaders however say doors of the party not open for leaders with tainted background
Monday November 3, 2014 0:34 AM, Staff Reporter

Over two dozen corporators in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) belonging to the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), majority of them being Muslims, are willing to join the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). The MIM however said it was not in a hurry to induct 'anyone' into the party.

"Some Muslim corporators of the Congress and NCP had openly supported the MIM in the recently concluded assembly elections. They will be formally inducted into the party very soon. Some others are also willing to do so but we will not be taking everyone in the party", said Imtiyaz Jaleel while talking to

He said that one of the the aims of the MIM was to clean the system from corrupt and tainted people, and the party would never associate itself with such people.

"There are reports appearing in some newspapers and TV channels that some tainted leaders from other parties wish to join MIM. Let me assure everyone that we will not allow selfish politicians responsible for the plight of Muslims to come anywhere near MIM......hum gandagi saaf Karne aaye hai....badhane nahi....", he said.

Imtiyaz Jaleel is the MIM MLA from Aurangabad (Central) assembly seat. Aurangabad (Central) is one of the two seats the MIM has won in the 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections. MIM could not win Aurangabad (West) and Aurangabad (East) seats, but Abdul Gaffar Qadri and Gangadhar Gade, the MIM candidates in these seats, came second and third respectively.

The huge support the MIM recieved in the assembly elections is cited as the reason for the Congress, NCP and corporators from other parties to join the Hyderabad based party led by Asaduddin Owaisi.

Aurangabad, the heritage city with a Muslim population of about 35%, has some 26 Muslim corporators. A majority of them are willing to join the MIM ahead of the corporation elections six months from now.

Ever since 1988, when the Shiv Sena first emerged victorious in the civic elections held after the communal riots that had left 27 Muslims dead, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is ruled by the right-wing Hindu party.

The MIM had earlier announced that it will contest all the seats in the Aurangabad civic elections.


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