[Waris Pathan, AIMIM MLA from Byculla, Mumbai leading a procession in Mumbra. AIMIM workers of Mumbra and Bhiwandi clashed with party workers of Kalyan. File Photo.]
Mumbai: The internal bickering within the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Maharashtra cadre came to fore on Thursday when two of its factions came to blows with each other during the party meeting called to elect district core committe in Thane - some 50 kms from Mumbai.
Witnesses said the party had called a meeting to form afresh the Thane district core committe on Thursday. The meeting, held at the office of Ayaz Maulvi, was monitored by Zubair Shaikh, the chief of Thane AIMIM unit.
However, many of the workers from Mumbra and Bhiwandi disgruntled over the post of Joint Secretary, and hurled abuses at the AIMIM party workers of Kalyan, finally clashing with each other..
Zubair Shaikh while talking to the media later on said the clashes erupted between the party because of 'misunderstanding', which was resolved immediately.
Interestingly, the AIMIM had fared well in the recently held Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation election, winning two seats.
The clashes betweeb the AIMIM Thand and Kalyan factions took places about two weeks after AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi was forced to dissolve its district units in Maharashtra to curb infighting.
While announcing the decision to dissolve the party units, Hyderabad-based Owaisi had appointed a nine-member core committee to tour all districts in Maharashtra and appoint new district committees in four months, besides expanding the party influence to non-Muslim pockets.
"The nine-member core committee will interview potential candidates, assess their strengths and weaknesses at district and taluka levels before making appointments. Each office-bearer will now hold party post(s) for one year," AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad Imtiyaz Jalil said..
The core committee comprises Syed Moin and Ibrahim Ali Abu (Nanded), Maulana Mehfuzoor Rehman, Pandit Borde and Gaffar Qadri (Aurangabad), Mohammed Saleem and Vilas Dongre (Nagpur), Mohammed Ali (Latur) and Anjum Inamdar (Pune).
AIMIM plans to contest municipal corporation elections slated for early 2017 in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and other major cities.