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Upset over Mumbai BMC poll debacle, Owaisi to induce fresh blood into AIMIM Maharashtra unit

Monday March 6, 2017 8:29 PM, & Agencies


Upset over debacle in the recently held Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, Asaduddin Owaisi, President of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), is considering a series of actions including reorganisation and to induce fresh blood into the party's Maharashtra unit.

As a first step in this regard, Owaisi on Monday dissolved the core committee he had formed for elections in Maharashtra. The committee of nine people was for rest of Maharashtra - Mumbai not included. It comes shortly after the party performed poorly as compared to its expectations.

While in his letter, Owaisi said that the purpose of the committee was over since it was formed only for corporation elections in Maharashtra and that all had done good work and that they continue to do the same, members of the party said that the action was due because performance was far below expectation, according to media reports.

The core committee of nine people had among others, AIMIM's state president Syed Moin besides those from Pune, Nanded, Auragnabad and Nagpur. As of now Moin continues to be the president of the party.

"In case of some people there were serious corruption charges," said a party member.

"The party is very clear that people will have to perform or perish. We are now looking at 2019 elections as our next target," said the party member.

"As of now, action taken is only for rest of Maharashtra. Obviously, the results in Mumbai were also not satisfactory like in the rest of Maharashtra. The party may be thinking of some changes. That could happen very soon," party MLA from Aurangabad Imtiaz Jaleel is quoted by media.

Rumours are also abuzz in the AIMIM circles that party's Maharashtra Chief Syed Moin will be replaced by some "more acceptable" face and the one who has a statewide appeal.

The AIMIM Nanded corporators are also reportedly unhappy and are revolting against Syed Moin, who is also from Nanded. It is also accused that Syed Moin is inaccessible and lacks in the qualities to take cadres along.

Nanded civic body is due for the polls in next few months.

The AIMIM had won just 02 seats in Mumbai. It had fielded 60 candidates in the elections and expected to win 50 seats. In case of Mumbra too the AIMIM could win just 02 seats.

Likewise, it fielded 29 and 19 candidates in Pune and Nagpur respectively. But, while it won just 01 seat in Pune, it could not win any in Nagpur.

The AIMIM did have some solace in Solapur and Akola where it performed compartively well and won 09 and 11 seats respectively.

Dissent in the AIMIM rank and file was visible even during the BMC polls when allegations were raised that some of the party leaders are asking money for the party ticket.

Recently, violent protests outside the homes of AIMIM Shahada councilors were held after they were found involved in cross voting in the election of co-opted members.



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