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Malegaon: Nine Muslim candidates from various parties have won the Maharashtra assembly elections so far as the Congress and its allies march towards regaining the power in the state.


Despite pressure from the Muslim community and its own promise given during the Parliamentary elections the Congress led ruling alliance had given the tickets to just 16 Muslim candidates.


Of the total 16 alliance candidates, Arif Naseem Khan, Baba Siddiquee, Nawab Malik, Aslam Shaikh and Amin Patel have won the assembly election held on October 13. All five have won the elections from various assembly constituencies in Mumbai.


Muslim candidates from other parties include Abu Asim Azmi from Bhiwandi (East), Abu Asim Azmi from Shivaji Nagar (Mumbai), Rasheed Tahir Momin from Bhiwandi (west) and Mufti Mohd Ismail from Malegaon (Central).


Samajwadi Party state president Abu Asim Azmi has won the elections from two places, one from Shivaji Nagar-Govandi in Mumbai and other from Bhiwandi (East). This is the first time Abu Asim Azmi - a former Rajya Sabha MP has won the assembly election in Maharashtra. In 2004 assembly elections, Abu Asim Azmi had lost the assembly elections from Bhiwandi despite securing a good more than 80,000 votes. Azmi had contested the recently held parliamentary election but had lost.


While Rasheed Tahir Momin won the election against ruling alliance's candidate Javed Dalwi in Bhiwandi (west), Mufti Mohd. Ismail defeated the Congress sitting MLA in Malegaon Shaikh Rasheed.


Amin Patel who won the election from Mumba Devi in Mumbai defeated a NCP rebel candidate Basheer Musa Patel.  Basheer Patel was fighting the election on Samajwadi Party ticket.


Ab Qadeer who was contesting the elections on the ruling alliance's ticket from Aurangabad had lost the election to the Shiv Sena rebel candidate Pradeeep Jaiswal. Whereas, Salim Patel the alliance candidate contesting from Jalgaon (Central) conceded the defeat to veteran local leader Suresh Dada Jain. A former Minister and strong local leader, Suresh Dada Jain contested the election as Shiv Sena candidate.


The previous Legislative Assembly had twelve Muslim members.


In a surprising result, Haji Anees Ahmed who was a minister in the previous government lost the election. He contested the election from Nagpur. Haji Anees lost to the BJP candidate Sudhakar Deshmukh. Anees Ahmed's defeat in the election has surprised the political observers.


Ghulam Pesh Imam the high profile Muslim candidate who was contesting the elections as an Independent from Shriwardhan lost the election to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).









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