New Delhi, Mar 14: Describing the crushing defeat of non-BJP opposition parties in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Asaduddin Owaise leader of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Musalmeen (AIMIM) said that it was a ‘failure of the secular parties”.
In BJP’s landslide in Uttar Pradesh, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM failed to open its account in its electoral debut and drew a blank in all the 39 seats it contested. Commenting on the results Owaisi said that the results proved that secular parties have failed the Muslims yet again and asserted that the Muslim vote bank is a myth.
In a state with 19.3% Muslim voters, AIMIM fielded candidates on seats where Muslim voters were in large numbers and focused its campaign there. However, the results were a complete letdown. The most prominent AIMIM candidate was Zia-ur-Rehman, the grandson of BSP MP Shafeequr Rehman Barq. Rehman finished second in Sambhal with 60,426 votes behind SP’s Iqbal Mehmood who got 79,248.
Another promising AIMIM candidate Mohd Tabish Khan came fifth with 19,040 votes from Mehdawal seat (Sant Kabir Nagar). BJP’s Rakesh Singh Baghel won the seat.
“We contested only in 38 seats and even if you say we played spoilsport in these seats, what about other constituencies? Why these secular parties failed miserably is the question they need to answer,” Owaisi said talking to a newspaper.
He said there is no point in getting into a blame game unless secular parties make up their mind to see “the reality” and “empower Muslims”. The focus should be empowerment and not playing vote bank politics, which in any way is a “myth”.