Mumbai civic polls: BJP files complaint against Owaisi
The AIMIM is contesting civic elections in the city for the first time.
The day Supreme Court illegalised politics in the name of caste, religion, creed etc, Asaduddin Owaisi, President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) demanded that Rs. 7,700 crore be spent from the BMC budget to provide amenities to Muslims. However, BJP complained to the State Election Commission accusing Owaisi of promising money in the name of religion.
Kicking off his party's campaign, Owaisi on Sunday said, Muslims aren’t getting their due from the BMC. I promise the AIMIM will get funds for Muslims if it comes to power. Muslims comprise 21 per cent of the population. At least Rs 7,770 crore must be spent on them.”
However, he became a subject of ridicule when Corporators said that he made the statement without realizing that the total spend for the city and its residents in last year's budget was only Rs 12,874 crore
Since the budget doesn't make community-wise allocations, leaders described it as a misleading statement made by the leader of a party desperate to woo minority votes and make an entry into the BMC.
The AIMIM, which won two seats in the 2014 assembly polls from Mumbai, is contesting civic elections in the city for the first time. The AIMIM poses a challenge to the Congress and the SP as it is likely to divide their traditional votes. Of the 23 Muslim corporators in the BMC, 11 belong to the Congress, the SP has six, four are independents, and two belong to the NCP.
Meanwhile, the Congress and Samajwadi Party said the AIMIM and the BJP were in a secret alliance to polarise voters. The BMC polls are likely to be held in February and Muslims votes can be crucial in deciding the fate of over 30 of the 227 seats.
The AIMIM is set to launch a melava (get-together) for the Muslim community under MLA Naseem Khan.