Wheel turns full circle for Owaisi’s AIMIM
Shahada, Malkapur, Yavatmal and Amravati.
However, an AIMIM leader said that the party’s downfall in Nanded was because of the “working style” of some leaders and efforts taken by the Congress to wean away their corporators. Of the 11 corporators elected in 2012, eight defected to the Congress and seven of them won as nominees of the grand old party.
Shabbir Ansari of the influential All India Muslim OBC Organisation said that the image of the AIMIM as a spoiler, which eventually helped the BJP, may have turned the tide.
“When a party or a political ideology makes a political opening, it manages to attract people for a while. The AIMIM captured the attention (of Muslim youth) based on the fire-and-brimstone speeches of their leaders, but they had little to show for their performance,” noted a senior Congress leader who belongs to the Muslim community.