AIMIM, BBM to tie up for ‘ 19 Maha polls

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Mum­bai, Sept. 15: The All In­dia Ma­jlis- eIt­te­hadul Mus­limeen ( AIMIM) and Bharipa Bahu­jan Mahasangh ( BBM) will forge an al­liance for the Lok Sabha and Ma­ha­rash­tra As­sem­bly polls in 2019, party lead­ers an­nounced Satur­day.

AIMIM chief Asadud­din Owaisi said that pre­lim­i­nary talks held be­tween both par­ties have yielded pos­i­tive re­sults.

“( BBM chief) Prakash Ambed­kar ji will be hold­ing a pub­lic rally in Au­rangabad on Oc­to­ber 2 in which I too will be present. The for­mal struc­ture of the al­liance will be an­nounced later,” said Mr Owaisi.

Imtiyaz Jaleel, AIMIM MLA from Au­rangabad, said the idea be­hind the al­liance was that Dal­its, Mus­lims and OBCs have been ig­nored for 70 years, have no proper rep­re­sen­ta­tion in pol­i­tics and were be­ing treated as vote- banks.

“It is a shame on all so­called sec­u­lar par­ties that there is no rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the Mus­lim com­mu­nity in Par­lia­ment from Ma­ha­rash­tra. Ev­ery­body wants their votes but does not want to give them rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Sim­i­lar is the case for Dal­its,” said Mr Jaleel.

He added that once both par­ties come to­gether, they would be a force to reckon with. Mr Jaleel, who called on Mr Ambed­kar at the lat­ter’s home in Pune to hold pre­lim­i­nary talks, added that Mr Owaisi and Mr Ambed­kar will meet be­fore the pub­lic rally on Oc­to­ber 2.

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