Published On: Tue, Nov 3rd, 2015

The Rise & Rise Of Asaduddin Owaisi.

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) used to be a one-city party. Now it’s contesting & winning polls outside its comfort zone

City to state in 20 years

Hyderabad’s famed Hussain Sagar lake   1984-2014: City party > MIM has held Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat since 1984 > MIM won 43 out of 150 seats in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in 2009   2014: State party > In 2014 MIM won 7 seats in Telangana assembly and became a ‘state party'

Hyderabad’s famed Hussain Sagar lake
1984-2014: City party
> MIM has held Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat since 1984
> MIM won 43 out of 150 seats in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in 2009
2014: State party
> In 2014 MIM won 7 seats in Telangana assembly and became a ‘state party’

Next state, Maharashtra

Asaduddin Owaisi campaigning during the recent Aurangabad Municipal Corporation elections   2012: Entered Maharashtra with Nanded Municipal Corporation polls with 12 wins 2014: Contested 24 state assembly seats; won: 2; second spot: 3; third spot: 4 2015: 2nd largest party in Aurangabad Municipal Corporation winning 25 out of 54 seats contested   2015: Won 4 of 7 seats contested in the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections

Asaduddin Owaisi campaigning during the recent Aurangabad Municipal Corporation elections
2012: Entered Maharashtra with Nanded Municipal Corporation polls with 12 wins
2014: Contested 24 state assembly seats; won: 2; second spot: 3; third spot: 4
2015: 2nd largest party in Aurangabad Municipal Corporation winning 25 out of 54 seats contested
2015: Won 4 of 7 seats contested in the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections

Not just Muslims

A victorious MIM candidate   The Aurangabad local polls last year  show MIM’s strategy: > Its slogan was Jai Meem (Muslims), Jai Bheem (Ambedkar) > Of the 53 wards contested, it gave tickets to 13 non-Muslims—12 Dalits, 1 OBC > 4 Dalits and the OBC candidate won

A victorious MIM candidate
The Aurangabad local polls last year show MIM’s strategy:
> Its slogan was Jai Meem (Muslims), Jai Bheem (Ambedkar)
> Of the 53 wards contested, it gave tickets to 13 non-Muslims—12 Dalits, 1 OBC
> 4 Dalits and the OBC candidate won

A national vote bank

Not that every Indian Muslim will vote for MIM but here’s where it can make an impact:    > 76 districts across India have Muslim populations in excess of half a million > 20 districts where Muslims make up more than half the population > 38 districts where Muslims make up more than a quarter of the population

Not that every Indian Muslim will vote for MIM but here’s where it can make an impact:
> 76 districts across India have Muslim populations in excess of half a million
> 20 districts where Muslims make up more than half the population
> 38 districts where Muslims make up more than a quarter of the population

Minority punch

> 15 Muslim majority Lok Sabha constituencies > 38 LS constituencies where percentage of Muslim voters ranges from 30-50% > 49 LS constituencies where Muslims are 20-30% of the electorate

> 15 Muslim majority Lok Sabha constituencies
> 38 LS constituencies where percentage of Muslim voters ranges from 30-50%
> 49 LS constituencies where Muslims are 20-30% of the electorate

But whose votes?

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi   > As the party expands to newer areas, it will eat into the minority and Dalit vote bank > This spells trouble for parties who have taken Muslim votes for granted

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi
> As the party expands to newer areas, it will eat into the minority and Dalit vote bank
> This spells trouble for parties who have taken Muslim votes for granted

 

 

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with Muslims students   Will MIM’s rise be the end of the minority vote bank for Congress and regional ‘secular’ parties? Its performance in Bihar & in forthcoming polls in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh will show the way

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with Muslims students
Will MIM’s rise be the end of the minority vote bank for Congress and regional ‘secular’ parties? Its performance in Bihar & in forthcoming polls in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh will show the way

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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