Nanded (Maharashtra): The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to contest the Nanded Municipal Corporation Election in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samawadi Party (BSP, the AIMIM media incharge said Sunday.
According to the deal finalised between Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM and Dalit leader Mayawati's BSP last night, the former will contest on 32 seats whereas the latter will try its luck on 22 seats.
Election to elect the new body of the 81-member Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC) election is scheduled to be held on October 11, 2017.
The AIMIM, a Hyderabad based party, had contested the 2012 Nanded civic elections and won 13 (11 of itw own and 02 partners) seats.
This was the first time the AIMIM had contested any election outside Telangana. After the victory in Nanded, the AIMIM later contested civic elections in other parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Aurangabad, and to the surprise of its critics and opponents, it won everywhere.
The AIMIM later contested Maharashtra Assembly elections and won two seats. Contesting the assembly elections for the first time in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the AIMIM however could not win a single seat in these states.
Interestingly, the talks of AIMIM-BSP alliance had also created buzz in political circles during the April 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. However everything changed after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) registered a massive victory in the polls.
The AIMIM-BSP alliance in Nanded has come at the time when the AIMIM is facing anti-incumbency factor as none of its 11 corporators were able to bring the change they had promised in the 2012 elections.
There are also reports that 7-8 AIMIM corporators are planning to contest the 2017 election on Congress ticket. They alleged that the AIMIM leadership, especially its Maharashtra President who also hails from Nanded, is incapable.