Bihar Assembly Elections 2015

MIM to contest Bihar polls from Seemanchal: Owaisi

MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi: “We are limited to Seemanchal area of Bihar. We are realistic about our chances of winning". File photo: Mohammed Yousuf   | Photo Credit: Mohammed_Yousuf

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Saturday said it will contest the upcoming Bihar State Assembly elections from Seemanchal region.

MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said his party will contest the election but will limit itself to Seemanchal region, which comprise mainly four districts — Araria, Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar.

“We are limited to Seemanchal area of Bihar. We are realistic about our chances of winning. We know our strengths and weaknesses. It is in the interest and justice of Seemanchal region we are contesting elections there,” Mr. Owaisi said without disclosing the number of seats his party will contest.

He replied in the negative when asked about the pre-poll alliance with other parties.

“Bihar’s development parameters are bad. But when it comes to Seemanchal it is worse. That’s why we want the government to set up a regional developmental council under Article 371,” he said.

Mr. Owaisi held the Congress, the BJP, Nitish Kumar and other parties as responsible for the underdevelopment of the region.

When asked about the division of votes when the party contests without any alliance, the MIM leader said the NDA won with great majority even when his party was not in the poll fray in Jammu and Kashmir and local body elections of Rajasthan.

“Did I contest in Delhi elections? Did I contest in J&K elections. Did I contest in Municipal elections of Rajasthan? This is a wrong allegation which has no relevance. The so-called secular parties have lost their credibility,” he said.

MIM, which has two seats in the Maharashtra assembly, has appointed Akhtar Imam as president of AIMIM’s Bihar unit.


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