Owaisi Fails to Convert Crowd into Votes, AIMIM Draws a Blank in UP

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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi during an election rally. — IANS

Team Clarion

LUCKNOW — The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) that contested the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections has ended up with a miniscule 0.4 per cent vote share and zero seats.

Despite party chief, Asadudddin Owaisi’s high-octane speeches exhorting people in general and Muslims in particular to stand up against the unjust policies of the saffron brigade, AIMIM again failed to score a point.

In 2017, the AIMIM, which had fielded candidates on 38 seats in Uttar Pradesh, had failed to open its account in the Hindi heartland though it received around 2 lakh votes. This time, it has got 22.3 lakh votes and increased its vote share marginally.

The AIMIM was confident of winning the Mubarakpur seat in Azamgarh where it had fielded former BSP leader Guddu Jamali.

However, Jamali lost the seat that has a large population of communities of weavers, migrant workers and people from different schools of Islam.

Though Owaisi attracted large crowds in his rallies, he failed to translate the overwhelming people of listeners into votes. Owaisi must realise now that a political leader must see the ground realities away from enthusiasm and claims.

 

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