After winning five seats in Bihar and retaining its strongholds within the Hyderabad civic polls despite a BJP wave, Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has turned its focus to Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal .

As a part of this process Owaisi was in Lucknow on Wednesday and visited Kolkata earlier in the week .

The Lucknow visit proved to be productive for the AIMIM chief as he laid the inspiration for possible alliances for the Uttar Pradesh elections due in February-March 2022.

Owaisi met Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) Chief Om Prakash Rajbhar in Lucknow and therefore the two parties announced their alliance within the state.

After the meeting, they held a news conference , during which Owaisi said that the AIMIM are going to be a part of Rajbhar’s Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha within the state. He also said that they might be chatting with Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party founder and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle, Shivpal Yadav.

The AIMIM and SBSP were both a part of the Grand Democratic Secular Front within the Bihar Assembly elections, which had three other parties, including the BSP.

While Owaisi’s AIMIM performed well, winning five out of the alliance’s six seats, the SBSP did not open its account. However, AIMIM would hope to try to to better in its home state. The party, which contested as an ally of the BJP in 2017, has four seats within the current Assembly, just three but the Congress. It’s base largely lies with the OBC Rajbhar community in Eastern Uttar Pradesh .

However, he remained non-committal on whether Shivpal Yadav’s party are going to be a part of their alliance.

“He may be a very senior and important leader in UP politics and that we are going to be meeting him,” Owaisi said.

Owaisi also skilled West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s allegation that he contests elections to separate votes. He said, “Till now she has only interacted with Mir Jafars and Mir Sadiqs. This time, she’s up against a true Muslim.”


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