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After Bihar, Owaisi eyes UP; teams up with ex-BJP ally

After his occasion’s good exhibiting within the recently-concluded Bihar meeting polls, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi is seeking to achieve a foothold within the politically essential state of Uttar Pradesh the place he met Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party chief Om Prakash Rajbhar, a former Bharatiya Janata Party ally, in Lucknow on Wednesday.

IMAGE: Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party president Om Prakash Rajbhar meets AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi in Lucknow. Photograph: Nand Kumar/PTI Photo

“We got a lot of confidence from our success in Bihar, and we will continue that momentum,” Owaisi informed reporters after their assembly in Lucknow.

Rajbhar stated, “Till yesterday, people used to say that OP Rajbhar is all alone, and what can he do? Now, why are they feeling the pain? Now, Owaisiji has come, we will show our power to the heavyweight,” he stated.

Referring to the Bhaagidaari Sankalp Morcha, a entrance of smaller events within the state shaped a few yr in the past, Rajbhar stated, “we will contest the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections together.”

Besides SBSP, the Bhaagidaari Sankalp Morcha, former Bahujan Samaj Party chief Babu Singh Kushwaha’s Jan Adhikar Party, Babu Ram Pal-led Rashtra Uday Party, Anil Singh Chauhan-led Janta Kranti Party and Premchand Prajapati-led Rashtriya Upekshit Samaj Party.

The Owaisi-Rajbhar assembly comes a day after the Aam Aadmi Party introduced that it’s going to contest the Uttar Pradesh meeting polls in 2022.

 

In the just lately concluded Bihar elections, the AIMIM received 5 seats (it contested 20) within the Muslims-dominated Seemanchal area on the border of West Bengal.

“Rajbhar ji too has a role in the success we got in Bihar. We are part of the Grand Democratic Secular Alliance. We got a lot of confidence from the success in Bihar, and we will continue that momentum,” Owaisi stated.

When requested whether it is essential for smaller events to come back collectively to tackle the BJP, Rajbhar, stated, “We have formed the Bhaagidaari Sankalp Morcha to ensure our victory. We are fighting for education, health and jobs.”

Asked about rivals’ fixed assault on the Owaisi-led occasion by calling it a vote-splitter, Rajbhar stated, “We want that Owaisiji splits the votes of his community, Rajbhar splits those of his, and Krishna Patel (of Apna Dal) of her community. Let these all votes get accumulated and ensure our win.”

Meanwhile, Owaisi additionally hit out at Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over her feedback on Tuesday that the BJP was allegedly attempting to import the AIMIM to that state to sharpen the communal polarisation and divide the Hindu-Muslim votes amongst themselves.

He stated Banerjee was a part of the BJP-led NDA when the 2002 Gujarat riots occurred.

“Till now Mamata Banerjee has only met obedient Mir Jaffers (who betrayed Nawab Siraj-ud-Daullah) and Mir Sadiqs (who allegedly betrayed Tipu Sultan during the Siege of Seringapatam, paving the way for a British victory). She is yet to come face-to-face with a good Muslim, and it will happen,” Owaisi stated.

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