Lok Sabha Elections: AIMIM to contest in Maharashtra, Bihar

HYDERABAD: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen would be contesting Lok Sabha elections from outside Hyderabad. The party decided to contest Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra in alliance with Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi led by Prakash Ambedkar.

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi took to Twitter and announced its candidate in a tweet, “Imtiaz Jaleel will be AIMIM’s candidate for the Aurangabad Parliamentary Constituency.”

Imtiaz Jaleel is the sitting MLA from the Aurangabad Assembly constituency and according to the sources, there was a disagreement among the party ranks after it initially decided to leave the seat to its coalition partner Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Sangh.

Later, Ambedkar clarified that they have left the Aurangabad seat for AIMIM after the party president intervened and sent his party officials to hold discussion over it in Aurangabad, Ambedkar also invited Owaisi to field someone from Mumbai.

However, Owaisi took to Twitter and clarified that it will only contest Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra, “AIMIM has decided that it will be only contesting ONLY the Aurangabad Parliamentary Constituency in Maharashtra & will not be contesting Mumbai or any other seat.”

Akthar ul Imam who is the AIMIM’s Bihar unit chief will be contesting from Kishanganj, as he filed his nomination on Wednesday. Both Aurangabad and Kishanganj have a good minority population and has good chances of winning from their respective seats.