Lucknow: After a series of poll debacles, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidates on Friday won 30 of the 78 seats they contested in the Uttar Pradesh local elections.
The AIMIM victory in Uttar Pradesh local elections comes after the party failed to win any seat in the recently held elections in Nanded - the city where it had surprised the pollsters in 2012 by winning 11 seats.
Later on the AIMIM won election battles in various parts of Maharshtra but could not win any seat in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.
Elections in three phases were held for 16 Municipal Corporations, 198 Municipal Councils and 438 Nagar Panchayats (Parishads) or notified area councils of Uttar Pradesh. Results were declared after counting of votes Friday.
According to AIMIM sources, the party won 10 seats in Firozabad Municipal Corporation, 02 in Meerut Municipal Corporation and 01 each in Kanpur and Allahbad municipal corporations.
The AIMIM also bagged 04 seats in Baghpat Municipal Council, 03 seats in Mahul Azamgarh Municipal Council, 02 each in Sambhal, Amroha and 01 each in Sitapur and Banda municipal councils.
In Dasna Municipal Council elections AIMIM candidate Hajjan Hansar was elected as chairperson.
The AIMIM candidate came second in the election for Ferozabad Mayor where AIMIM nominee Mashroom Fathima bagged 56,536 votes, pushing the Samajwadi Party to the third place. BJP’s Nutan Rathore won the seat with nearly 99,000 votes.
The AIMIM had earlier entered Uttar Pradesh local politics by winning seats in the 2015 Panchayat elections. The areas where AIMIM candidates had won in the earlier Panchayat polls are Balrampur, Azamgarh and Muzaffarnagar.
Overall, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 14 of the total 16 Mayoral posts, and 585 seats in Nagar Parishad and Nagar Nigam polls. Samajwadi Party (SP) won 198, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won 143, Congress won 103 and other won 230 seats.