HYDERABAD: All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), the Hyderabad-based party which won five seats in Bihar assembly elections, will contest every poll in India henceforth, party president Asaduddin Owaisi said on Tuesday.
“I will contest Bengal, UP and every election in India. Only death can stop me. Should I ask someone before contesting elections? I fight for the voiceless. I have the right to expand my party,” said Owaisi, signaling his plans to turn AMIM into a national party with a presence in every state.
“Asaduddin Owaisi is twinkle twinkle little star, whatever I had to do, I did it,” said the Hyderabad MP. He said his next stop was West Bengal assembly polls in 2021, and he was laying all plans for victories there, he said.
“We are coming to Bengal, we will go there at any cost. We will come to Murshidabad, Malda, Dinajpur, and all the areas. Has Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury taken the theka (responsibility) of Muslims there,” he asked?
Congress Lok Sabha chief Chowdhury had called Owaisi a “vote cutter” in the past. Shortly after AIMIM won big in Bihar, Owaisi said in Hyderabad that it was a big day for his party.
“I don’t have words to thank my party men. I thank Allah. We will try to become even a bigger political force in Bihar,” said Owaisi, thanking the leaders of Grand Democratic Secular Front (GDSF) and addressed BSP chief Mayawati as his sister.
“When we started our journey in Bihar we promised that we will ensure justice for the people of Seemanchal. Since 60 years people of Seemanchal were deprived justice. It is not only the most backward in Bihar, it is also the most backward in India. Fight for Seemanchal will continue,” said Owaisi.
When questioned whether AIMIM will join hands with RJD, he said the decision will be taken only after the final results of Bihar elections are declared. “Our fight is for development of Seemanchal, which is one of the most backward areas of India,” he said.
He said, women played a major role in his victory. “I attended so many public meetings but never saw such a huge women participation,” he added.
Referring to the Dubbak bypolls, he said AIMIM should not be blamed for the debacle of TRS.
“TRS lost by hardly 1,079 votes, Did I contest? What do I have to do with the elections,” he said.
In 2015, AIMIM contested six seats in Bihar and lost all of them, but in 2019 it won the Kishanganj by-election and as on date, AIMIM has a presence in Maharashtra too with one MP and two MLAs. The party tried its luck in 2015 in Maharashtra and could secure two assembly seats. In 2019, it won two MLA seats and one MP seat.
Source : TOI