Asaduddin Owaisi’s Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen all set to test political waters in Rajasthan

Times of India | 2 months ago | 25-09-2022 | 06:25 am

Asaduddin Owaisi’s Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen all set to test political waters in Rajasthan

HYDERABAD: After making a political entry into Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat and other states, Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has decided to foray into Congress-ruled Rajasthan. Making his intentions clear, Owaisi has already started addressing public meetings in the state. The AIMIM has not contested any election in Rajasthan so far and has set up a state unit of the party with the task of preparing for the December 2023 elections to the 200-member state assembly. Analysts said the AIMIM's debut into Rajasthan has potential to make a dent into the electoral prospects of Congress as Muslims have been a traditional vote-bank of the grand old party in the desert state. About 40 constituencies have a sizeable Muslim population. "The AIMIM wants to become a major voice of Muslims, Dalits, STs and the downtrodden in Rajasthan. The recent two-day visit of Owaisi to Jaipur and nearby districts which have high Muslim population was successful with huge response from the people," said a senior AIMIM leader. As per the 2011 census, there are over 62.15 lakh Muslims in Rajasthan comprising 9.1% of the state's population. In proportion to the population, there should be at least 18-20 Muslims legislators in the state but only eight have made it to the assembly in the 2018, including seven from Congress and one from BSP. During his visit to Rajasthan, Owaisi said the voice of Muslim MLAs was not being heard and that even the budget for minorities welfare in the state was less than 100 crore though the population of Muslims is over 62 lakh.

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Ndtv
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Ndtv | 11 hours ago | 26-11-2022 | 06:50 pm
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