MIM SET FOR A BIG FORAY INTO NORTH
- INTENDS TO OPEN OFFICES IN UP, BIHAR, WEST BENGAL
- OWAISIS EMBOLDENED BY MAHA ELECTORAL GAINS
Hyderabad, November 3: Egged on by its gains in Maharashtra elections, the Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has been planning to open offices in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
The party had won Aurangabad and Byculla seats in the Maharashtra polls. As a first time entrant, the party has been emboldened by its initial success. It had in fact fielded 24 candidates. The MIM finished second in three of the constituencies and third in seven. In the last election, the BJP and Shiv Sena had won seven of these seats.
The MIM has certainly gone all out to make a firm footing in Maharashtra. Though its presence in just two seats can make hardly any difference for the BJP government, it cannot be ignored altogether. The MIM gains are being attributed to the explosive oratory skills and the verbal flamboyance of the Owaisi brothers. They were successful in knitting together the Muslim electorate in constituencies where it remained voiceless till recently.
The MIM leadership had taken the Akhilesh Yadav government to task for a spate of communal riots in Uttar Pradesh before the last the general election. The senior Owaisi has accused the SP as equal partners with the BJP in profiting from communal politics. The SP could see a major threat from the Owaisis in its own bastion. The MIM focus could be very much on UP where the SP began to flounder.
The MIM has been eyeing on other states with predominant presence of minorities to build a strong support base. Building the party from the grassroots in both Bihar and West Bengal is on the top of its agenda.