Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has announced candidates for nine Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Shaukat Ali, the president of the party unit in Uttar Pradesh, announced the candidates for Loni (Dr. Mahtab), Garh Mukteshwar (Furqan Chaudhary), Dhaulana (Haji Arif), Siwal Khas (Rafat Khan), Saradhana (Zeeshan Alam), Kithore (Tasleem Ahmad), Behat (Amjad Ali), Bareilly (Shaheen Raza Khan), and Saharanpur rural (Margoob Hasan). This is the first list announced by the party for the UP Assembly elections.
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AIMIM is set to contest in at least 100 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
The Election Commission of India on 8 January had announced the dates for the Assembly elections in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and Uttarakhand. The five states will vote over seven phases starting from10 February, with the counting of votes scheduled for 10 March.
For 420 seats, Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases on 10, 14, 20, 23, and 27 February and 3 and 7 March.
On 12 January, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Khalil-ur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani had written to AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi regarding the UP elections and suggested that the Hyderabad-based party look for an alliance to ensure a favorable result. He had suggested that AIMIM contest with full force in only those constituencies where a win is certain.
In his letter, Mr. Nomani had pointed out the possible vote division (of Muslims) in the Assembly polls. He had also mentioned the 11 January incident (where OBC leaders of the BJP quit the party) and said that it is essential to stop the division of votes. He had praised Owaisi as a leader and said people like him.