Hyderabad, Apr 16: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that his party won’t contest Karnataka Assembly elections. Owaisi announced the AIMIM will support Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka polls. “We will not contest in upcoming Karnataka elections, AIMIM will support JDS and will campaign for them. We feel both national parties (Congress and BJP) have totally failed,” the Lok Sabha MP told news agency ANI.
Asaduddin Owaisi also rejected the allegation of being hand in glove with the BJP. “This allegation on us of cutting votes to benefit BJP is baseless. We did not contest in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir. AIMIM did not contest Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh or Maharashtra. What happened to Congress there?” Owaisi asked. Earlier sources had said that the pro-minority party was planning to field candidates in Karnataka.
There was a report that claimed that the Congress party held meetings with some AIMIM leaders and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) to prevent a division of Muslim votes. The AIMIM was planning to contest the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, which has a high concentration of Muslim voters, while the SDPI was focusing more on coastal Karnataka, besides other Muslim dominated areas, said the report.
However, it is now clear that there is no such alliance. AIMIM had once contested the Bengaluru corporation polls but miserably failed to win over voters in the city. Karnataka will go to polls on May 12. The results will be out on May 15.