Mumbai, February 22: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party led by Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi is likely to win 6-8 seats in recent BMC Elections 2017, which the party has contested for the first time. Marking its space out among secular parties, the AIMIM has fielded 59 candidates, mostly in Muslim-dominated pockets. Members of Muslim community where the AIMIM has stormed every other party, predicts that the party led by Owaisi brothers will manage to secure 6-8 seats. The BMC elections in Mumbai were held on February 21 and the results will be declared on February 23. On Tuesday the Electorate in Mumbai stunned pollsters by recording the highest voter turnout in past 25 years, as 55 per cent polling was recorded for BMC polls.Also Read - Mumbai's First Restaurant-On-Wheels Opens Today at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus | All You Need to Know

Out of 227 BMC seats, the AIMIM has fielded 59 candidates in Mumbai. Most of the Muslim leaders and activists believe that the party has a good chance of winning from South Mumbai areas such as Mumbadevi and Byculla where it has fielded six candidates each. Also Read - Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2021: Mumbai Police Issues SOPs For Eid-e-Milad, All Processions Except 1 Prohibited. Full Guidelines

Senior journalist Sarfaraz Arzoo said Samajwadi Party and the AIMIM would collective win around 15 seats. “Before the rise of AIMIM in Mumbai, there were no serious competitors for Muslim votes. However after Owaisi’s party came into action in Mumbai, now Muslim votes are getting divided as there are two or more claimants in almost all wards”. Arzoo who also runs a daily Urdu newspaper – The Hindustan Daily – also said that when Samajwadi Party was at its peak they were only able to garner a maximum of 22 seats and the threshold has been set. He further added that the AIMIM could win 7 seats in Mumbai. Also Read – BMC Elections 2017: Complete fact sheet of Asia’s richest civic corporation Also Read - Mumbai Awaiting Guidelines to Vaccinate Children Against COVID: Mayor Kishori Pednekar

Aamir Edresy, a social worker from Nagpada regions, said Ward 216 (Grant Road) could be an easy win for AIMIM. There are high chances of Nasir Qureshi, a MIM candidate from Grant Road, to win from the Ward 216. Edresey said, “Nasir Qureshi is a local resident and the only Muslim candidate in the ward where the majority of the population belongs to the community”. The Samajwadi Party has not fielded any candidate here.

In few other Wards, the AIMIM is likely to give a tough fight in Muslim dominated areas. In Ward 211, which includes areas like Madanpura, SP leader Rais Shaikh is up against a 22-year-old MIM candidate, Mohammad Adil Qureshi.

Waqarunnisa Ansari, a four-time corporator from Congress party is now contested from AIMIM’s ticket in Ward 223, which includes Umerkhadi and Wadibunder, have a huge chance of winning the election as she is competing against sitting corporator Dynanraj Nikam’s daughter Nikita.

Edresey said that “Even though Nikita is a sitting corporator’s daughter, Waqarunnisa Ansari has a lot of experience and she is well known the in the vicinity. She holds a good chance of winning the election”.

Apart from Mumbai, the MIM also holds a great chance of winning from Govandi and Dharavi. Qamruddin Shaikh an activist from an NGO Anudanit Shiksha Bachao Samiti said party candidate Sujeta Bhalerao had a good chance of winning the BMC elections from Dalit area in Ward 189. A social activist from Govandi reportedly said that Shabana Ansari, MIM candidate in Ward 138 could emerge as a dark horse. Shabana Ansari was a junior college teacher from the area and is contesting from Raman Mama Nagar area in Govandi.

The Indian Express quoted Shahid Latiq, editor of Urdu daily Inquilaab, pointing out there was a lot of confusion among the Muslim voters with all secular parties contesting against each other.

In Mumbai, the polling for 227 seats was held on Tuesday, February 21, and the counting will be commenced on February 23. The results of the elections will be declared on the same day.