Muslims will teach Congress a lesson in NMC poll, says AIMIM chief

Asaduddin Owaisi

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Nagpur: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday addressed a public meeting in Tipu Sultan Chowk in Yeshodhara Nagar for his party’s candidates contesting Nagpur Municipal Corporation poll.

The AIMIM chief came down heavily on Congress party which, he said, had misused and abused Muslims as a vote bank. Now, people will teach the Congress a right lesson. He tried to woo his Muslim vote bank promising improving civic amenities in areas they reside.

“It is not the splitting of the Muslim votes in Maharashtra that led to the Congress’s defeat, but it’s their failure,” he said and also cited example of Nagpur city, where whereas all six MLA seats were won by BJP candidates.

He also announced that in the next Assembly elections for Maharashtra state, the AIMIM will be going to field candidates in fray. Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that the successive governments in both NMC and in state have failed to develop the social and economic conditions of Muslim community in Nagpur.

Owaisi made several promises for the upcoming NMC elections as well as also took a dig on the BJP ruled NMC on various issues. AIMIM is contesting from 19 seats in the NMC elections and the party is trying to target the Muslims and Dalit population of the city. The party has fielded candidates in Ward numbers 3, 6, 30, 11, 19 and 8. They included Nazim Khan, Bhagyashree Kochande, Sandip Meshram, Saeeda Begum, Farooq Malik, Shahida Raza, Rubina Sheikh, Jeevan Ramteke, Nafisa Siraj, Mohammed Danish, Akhtar Ansari and Dr Seema Mohammed Azhar. Barring the public meeting, Owaisi didn’t participate in any rally for his party candidates during his visit.