Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh): Experimenting with his plan of 'Dalit-Muslim unity' ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Asaduddin Owaisi has fielded a Dalit as Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) candidate from the Muslim-dominated Bikapur constituency of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh for the February 13 Assembly by-election.
Pradeep Kori, a Dalit youth, who has been fielded by MIM to contest the by-poll in Bikapur constituency is the state president of 'Kori Society', an influential group in the Dalit community.
The Assembly by-poll is being held because the sitting Samajwadi Party member, Mitrasen Yadav, has died, according to news agency PTI.
Owaisi, experimenting with his plan of 'Dalit-Muslim unity' ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, has lined up a series of public meetings in this area in the first week of February to drum up support for his party.
”We are concentrating our strength in this constituency as there are more than one lakh Muslim voters and Dalits also in equal numbers,” Shauqat Ali, the state president of MIM, said.
A special team of MIM from Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow is camping in the area ahead of the polls.
”We have a lot to convince the Muslim community as they have traditionally supported the SP,” said Ali.
Hyderabad based Asaduddin Owaisi is on expansion drive of MIM in other parts of country. The first election outside Hyderabad his party contested was in Nanded. The MIM here succeeded in denting the Congress vote bank and winning more than 10 seats in the local polls.
The MIM later contested Maharashtra state elections and won two seats. The party then tried luck in Bihar but faced humiliating defeat.