BMC elec­tion: AIMIM tar­gets 50 seats

The Free Press Journal - - CITY - SA­GAR PILLAI

Bank­ing on the Mus­lim vote bank, the All In­dia Ma­jlis-e-It­te­hadul Mus­limeen (AIMIM) party, will make its de­but in the forth­com­ing the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) elec­tions which are ex­pected to be held in Fe­bru­ary 2017. MIM aims to bag 50 seats 11 civic wards.

Ex­pect­ing a vic­tory in all the seats it will con­test MIM Mumbai pres­i­dent, Ab­dul Rehman Shakir Patni, claims to out­vote the ex­ist­ing Sa­ma­jwadi Party in these polls.

How­ever, Patni ex­clu­sively told the Free Press Jour­nal, “Our party is widely recog­nised and ap­pre­ci­ated by a lot of peo­ple for fight­ing rel­e­vant is­sues. No po­lit­i­cal party has gained such recog­ni­tion in a short pe­riod be­cause of which we are con­fi­dent in these civic polls. We are count­ing on 50 seats across the city.”

De­spite bank­ing on the Mus­lim vote for the up­com­ing elec­tions, Patni said they are a sec­u­lar party. “We have al­ways be­lieved in a sec­u­lar na­tion. The rea­son be­hind our vic­tory in the pre­vi­ous Ma­ha­rash­tra elec­tions is be­cause vot­ers of all sec­tions of the so­ci­ety have voted for us. We are also look­ing for can­di­dates who be­lieve in sec­u­lar­ism.”

In the re­cently held mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and lo­cal bod­ies polls, the MIM party has won two seats in She­gaon (Buld­hana), eight in Umarkhed (Ya­vat­mal), two in Beed and four in Sha­hada (Nan­dur­bar) mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils.

Ex­press­ing dis­plea­sure over the sad state of in­fra­struc­ture of Mumbai, Patni said, “90 per cent of the ac­tual Mumbai is in a bad state. Ex­ist­ing is­sues like wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion, pot­hole filled roads, en­croached foot­paths, less num­ber of open space, civic run hospi­tals in poor con­di­tion it­self states that the civic body has failed to ad­dress these prob­lems of the city. Also, the rul­ing SHiv Sena party, which has the max­i­mum num­ber of seats in the civic body, has failed to im­prove the city’s in­fra­struc­ture. “

The party will be con­test­ing the civic polls from Go­vandi, Mum­badevi, By­culla, Joegsh­wari, Ban­draMahim, And­heri, Kurla and Dhar­avi.

Rub­bish­ing claims of SP Cor­po­ra­tor Yakub Me­mon’s en­ter­ing the AIMIM, Patni said, “We have not fi­nalised any can­di­dates till date. We are not con­sid­er­ing peo­ple who are ap­proach­ing us for po­lit­i­cal gain or ticket to con­test elec­tions. Also, we don’t need a well-known face for our party’s win.”

Ab­dul Rehman Shakir Patni

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