AIMIM establishing electoral machinery in Bengal; BJP and TMC minimize the threat

All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) will soon establish its electoral machinery in West Bengal ahead of the crucial 2021 assembly elections, party leaders said after meeting with party chief Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad on Saturday. the leaders said.

AIMIM, after winning five seats in the recent Bihar elections, had announced that it would participate in the West Bengal assembly elections.

A delegation from the West Bengal AIMIM unit, made up of leaders from all 23 districts, held a meeting with Owaisi in Hyderabad, where discussions were held to prepare the party’s electoral strategy for the upcoming elections.

“Owaisi is expected to arrive in West Bengal very soon. We would participate in the elections in West Bengal. The state electoral committee would be formed soon. Owaisi is expected to announce the electoral committee and the number of seats we would compete during his visit, ”said Asim Waqar, AIMIM spokesman and Bengal coordinator of the party.

Muslims accounted for 27.01% of West Bengal’s population according to the 2011 census and the community plays a decisive role in 120 of the 294 assembly seats in the state, according to BJP and I-Pac surveys of the strategist. election Prashant Kishor.

Even though critics of Owai say that AIMIM will end up splitting the votes and thus help the BJP, which is targeting around 200 of the 294 seats in the state assembly, both the TMC and the BJP nonetheless They said the AIMIM will not do it. be a factor.

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“Owaisi belongs to Hyderabad. It has some influence in some of the bordering districts of Bihar, as there are some people who speak Urdu. He is an assistant to the BJP and is used to divide non-BJP votes. It also happened in Bihar. We are not worried about Owaisi. A lot of AIMIM people are joining the TMC because they have been unmasked, ”said Saugata Roy, TMC MP.

AIMIM will not be able to make any difference in Bengal. Here the fight is between TMC and BJP. People want to get rid of the TMC and the BJP will come to power, ”said Samik Bhattacharya, spokesman for the BJP state unit.