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Asaduddin Owaisi, Azam Khan to join hands? Decision likely at Mohammad Adeeb’s Iftar party
Friday June 17, 2016 0:29 AM, Staff Reporter

Though so far not officially confirmed by any of the leaders, the efforts to bring together All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and disgruntled Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan are taking shape.

If reports coming from the poll-bound state are to be believed, former Member of Parliament Mohammed Adeeb is planning an Iftar party wherein, among other leaders, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and SP leader Azam Khan have also been invited.

Sources said talks are also on with Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari to assure his presence at the Iftar party to be organized soon.

Iftar parties, organized during Ramzan - the holy month of fasting, have earlier been used as a platform for show of strength by political parties and leaders. In the past various occasions, such Iftar parties had resulted in unexpected alliances between rivals.

Sources close to ex-MP Mohammed Adeeb while talking to revealed that the Iftar party will be held either in New Delhi or Lucknow.

Sources said, besides Asaduddin Owaisi and Azam Khan, efforts are also on to rope in Muslim or non-Muslim leaders of Congress, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), and also other Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders, who are unhappy with their respective top leadership.

Azam Khan, senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, who is also a minister in Uttar Pradesh, was instrumental in winning back the Muslim votes for the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the last election. But, he is reportedly unhappy with SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav ever since he re-inducted Amar Singh into the party fold. It is learnt that Azam Khan has put in his papers and resigned from all party posts as well as the ministry. Mulayam Singh however has not accepted his resignation.

On the other hand, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi is using all his efforts to prove his presence felt in Uttar Pradesh. Ahead of the state election, scheduled to be held in December or January 2017, Owaisi had in fact fielded party candidates in civic elections with surprising results.

Unlike in Bihar, where Owaisi jumped into the electoral battle without having any base, Owaisi besides winning in Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections, has also been able to register about one million active party members in the state, according to AIMIM UP office.

Asaduddin Owaisi had earlier fielded disgruntled leaders from opposition parties as AIMIM candidates in Maharashtra and Bihar state elections. Contesting for the first time outside Hyderabad where the party is based, the AIMIM won two seats in Maharashtra, though it could not win any seat in Bihar.

In the similar pattern, Asaduddin Owaisi is putting in all efforts to cash on Azam Khan’s rebellion against SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, and using his relations with Mohammad Adeeb he is trying to convince the fiery SP leader to join hands to defeat the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the coming state polls.

Mohammed Adeeb, in association with former General Secretary of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat Ilyas Malik and former Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Students’ leader Z.K. Faizan had about two weeks ago initiated a serious move to forge a common political front in alliance with secular minded groups to become electorally relevant, keeping in view the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh elections.

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