Owaisi’s MIM Bags 30 Seats in UP Municipal Elections; AAP Makes Impressive Entry

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Voters queue up to cast their votes during UP municipal elections.

HYDERABAD (IANS) — The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) on Friday won 30 of the 78 seats it contested in the Uttar Pradesh municipal elections.

The Hyderabad-headquartered party’s candidate Hajjan Hansar was also elected as chairperson of Dasna Municipal Council.

The party headed by Asaduddin Owaisi won 10 seats in Firozabad Municipal Corporation, two in Meerut Municipal Corporation and one each in Kanpur and Allahbad municipal corporations.

According to MIM sources, it bagged four seats in Baghpat Municipal Council, three seats in Mahul Azamgarh Municipal Council, two each in Sambhal, Amroha and one each in Sitapur and Banda municipal councils.

MIM finished second in the election for Ferozabad Mayor. Its candidate Mashroom Fathima polled 56,536 votes, pushing the Samajwadi Party to the third place. BJP’s Nutan Rathore won the seat with nearly 99,000 votes.

The party claimed that three independents also want to extend support to it.

Earlier, Owaisi said the party could win the seats due to hard work by the party’s state leaders and members. He thanked the voters for supporting the party.

AAP makes inroads in UP civic polls

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in its maiden foray into the civil polls in Uttar Pradesh, made an impressive entry and won 19 Nagar Panchayat member seats, two Nagar Panchayat chairman seats and 15 Nagar Palika Parishad members.

According to the state election commission, it has also managed to win three corporation seats in the urban body polls as well.

The Nagar Panchayat head of AAP have been elected in Tendwari (Banda) and Sahaspur (Bijnore). In the Nagar Palika Parishad polls, AAP has won two seats in Jhansi and one in Moradabad.

AAP’s Vibhu Tripathi has won as a corporation in ward 6 in Lalganj, Rae Bareli, Jabbar from ward number 34 in Rae Bareli, and Haseen Jehan has become corporate from ward 51 in Moradabad.

AAP leaders are jubilant about the “inroads” in UP and say that “their take home is a happy one and gives them immense satisfaction and opportunity to work for the welfare of the people”. 

State spokesman Vaibhav Maheshwari told IANS that they are happy at the acceptability of the party in many places and would come true to the faith shown by voters towards its candidates.

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