Mumbai, Nov 2: All India Majlees-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has made another impressive mark in Maharashtra politics. Contesting for the first time in Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections, the pro-Muslim outfit bagged 4 seats in the 122-member civic body. This is the third major breakthrough of the party after the success in 2014 state assembly elections and Aurangabad municipal polls.Also Read - Kalyan-Dombivali (KDMC) civic polls: Shiv Sena emerges single largest party, may tie-up with MNS instead of BJP
The result of the KDMC polls were declared by the Election Commission today. MIM candidates Tanzila Ayaz Maulvi and Seema Khan have been announced as winner from Govind Wadi (Ward no. 34) and Kachore (Ward no. 45) respectively. The names of other two candidates will be known shortly. Also Read - Kalyan Dombivali (KDMC) & Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) Election Results 2015: Shiv Sena emerges as as single largest party in KDMC, hung corporation in KMC
Right-wing Hindutva outfit Shiv Sena is emerging as the single largest party and is currently leading on 53 seats. BJP is currently ranking at the second spot by maintaining lead on 28 seats. (ALSO READ: Kalyan Dombivali (KDMC) & Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) Election Results 2015 Live News Updates: Shiv Sena set for historic win) Also Read - Kalyan Dombivali (KDMC) Election Results Declared: Shiv Sena falls short of magic number; Stunning show by BJP, MNS set to play kingmaker
The electoral performance of AIMIM grabs eyeball since the veteran coalition of Congress-NCP could secure only six seats, whereas a party which barely had its organizational presence in Mumbai has won 4.
The calculative approach of AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi is evident from the fact that unlike the Left, BSP or RPI, the Hyderabad-based outfit contested only on 7 seats instead of pitching its candidates on all seats. A concentrated campaign directed against both right-wing Shiv Sena and BJP and centrists Congress and NCP, along with an appealing approach towards Dalits is yielding the party positive results.
In the Aurangabad civic polls held in April, Owaisi’s party was the prominent choice of majority of Dalit and Muslim voters in the region. AIMIM emerged as the prime opposition by winning 26 seats in the 106 member municipal body, whereas the Congress could only manage to secure 10.
The consistent performance of AIMIM in the state along with the weakened approach of secular parties is providing the ideal ground for the Owaisi-led political faction to spread its wings in the state. Ahead of the all-important Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections in 2017, the rising amount of support for AIMIM among Muslims and Dalits will damage the prospects of erstwhile ruling partners Congress and NCP.