Guj: AIMIM to contest Ahmedabad civic polls, ties up with BTP

Guj: AIMIM to contest Ahmedabad civic polls, ties up with BTP

Ahmedabad, Jan 23 (PTI) With elections to local bodies
in Gujarat just a month away, the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM
on Saturday announced its foray into the state politics with
an aim to provide an “effective alternative” to the ruling BJP
and opposition Congress.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen”s (AIMIM)
will contest the upcoming Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
elections in at least 15 wards, and in alliance with the
Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) in Bharuch on a seat-sharing
basis, the party leaders said.

Asaduddin Owaisi is likely to address rallies in
Ahmedabad and Bharuch ahead of polling, they said.

On Saturday, Gujarat unit president Sabir Kabuliwala
and state general secretary Hamid Bhatti launched the party”s
membership drive in the presence of a group of supporters.

They said the AIMIM will prove to be an “effective
alternative to the ruling BJP and opposition Congress in

The Owaisi-led party recently announced to contest the
local body polls in alliance with the BTP, which had snapped
its ties with the Congress over differences in Rajasthan
district panchayat polls.

“The incumbent BJP government has seriously neglected
the development of Muslims, dalits, tribals, poor and backward
areas, due to which a large number of people still remains
deprived of basic amenities,” said Kabuliwala, a former MLA of

He alleged that the Congress had failed to uplift the
weaker sections of the society when it was in power in power.

“The Congress has also failed to raise issues of the
common people despite being in opposition,” Kabuliwala

Given the current situation, the people of Gujarat
need a strong leadership and an alternative to ensure the
welfare of all classes without any discrimination, he said.

“I am confident that under Asaduddin Owaisi”s
leadership, we will perform well in Gujarat,” Kabuliwala

AIMIM secretary general Hamidbhai Bhatti said the
party has launched a membership drive and will announce the
party structure in the state after the local elections.

“At present, our focus is on the upcoming elections in
Ahmedabad and Bharuch. Personal interviews have been arranged
with aspirants who want to contest on behalf of our party
after seeing their bio data. We will go to the people with a
commitment to resolving local issues,” he said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had also said that it will
contest on all the seats in the elections to local bodies in
Gujarat, “to provide an alternative to both the BJP and

Elections to six municipal corporations in Gujarat
will take place on February 21 and to 81 municipalities, 31
district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats on February 28,
state election commission announced earlier in the day.

Counting of votes for the six municipal corporations
will take place on February 23, and for the 81 municipalities,
31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats on March 2.

The six municipal corporations to go to polls are
Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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