Struggling for an image makeover following Akbaruddin Owaisi's
arrest in a hate speech case, All India Majlise
Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Wednesday received a timely shot in
arm when its women candidate from the Hindu OBC community defeated
the Congress's Muslim candidate in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal
Corporation by elections.
AIMIM candidate Bhanumathi defeated her closet rival, Congress
party’s candidate Hajira Sultana by 1,282 votes.
While AIMIM's V. Bhanumathi got 5,241 votes, Hajira
Sultana of Congress got 3,959 votes and TDP candidate A.K. Kavita
Candidates from other parties like BJP, JDU, Lok Satta
lost their deposits in the elections in which 50% of the total
24,000 electorates had cast their votes for the Borabanda
municipal seat reserved for women candidate.
desperate to make a Hindu women candidate get elected on their
ticket to give a loud message after its leader Akbaruddin Owaisi
hate speech controversy.
Party president Asaduddin Owaisi and
General Secretary Ahmed Pasha Quadri personally campaigned in the constituency.
The Congress by fielding
a Muslim candidate and registering win wanted to ascertain that
Muslims are with the party, despite AIMIM’s departure from the
The caste of Ms. Bhanumathi also holds significance for AIMIM as
party is trying hard to attract Dalits and OBC’s into its fold.
Borabanda municipal constituency is important for
AIMIM as it falls
under Jubliee Hills assembly constituency, where in the upcoming
state election Majlis is planning to field party’s OBC Hindu face