Continuing its noteworthy performance seen in the recently held Gujarat municipal council polls, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s party All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has registered its presence in the state’s municipal election too.
Fighting the Godhra municipal election for the first time, the AIMIM won seven of the eight seats it contested. There are a total of 44 seats in the Godhra municipality.
Elections to 81 municipalities, 32 zila panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in Gujarat were held on 28 February and the votes were counted on 2 March.
AIMIM contested these polls in Gujarat for the first time and had formed an alliance with the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP).
The local body poll results in Godhra gain significance because following the 2002 Godhra train tragedy, the INC had been winning the seats won by the AIMIM this time.
In Modasa, AIMIM has emerged as the principal opposition party. The party had fielded 12 candidates, of which nine have won.
Apart from winning seven seats in Godhra, AIMIM has also won one seat in Bharuch.
In comparison to Godhra and Modasa, AIMIM’s performance in Bharuch was modest. It contested eight seats and won one. In the run-up to these polls, Asaduddin Owaisi addressed election rallies in Godhra and Modasa.
Considering the increase in AIMIM’s footprints in Gujarat, there are talks in political circles that the party may join hands with BTP and form a Muslim-tribal-Dalit alliance for the 2022 assembly elections.
The Owaisi-led party had not fielded candidates for district and taluka panchayat polls which were held on 28 February. In all, 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats went to vote on 28 February.
Ahead of the polls, Owaisi had addressed campaign rallies in Modasa and Godhra towns.
Recently, the AIMIM won seven seats in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation which went to polls along with six urban civic bodies on 21 February.
Gujarat’s village-scape was painted saffron yesterday as BJP captured all 31 district panchayats, the majority of the 81 municipalities and over 200 of the 231 taluka (block) panchayats.
With the resounding victory, which came a week after the party had swept all six municipal corporations, BJP turned the tables on Congress, which had made massive electoral gains in 2015 on the back of a violent Patidar reservation stir led by Hardik Patel and the Dalit stir championed by Jignesh Mevani.