All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will not be fielding any candidate in Karnataka Assembly elections, party president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi announced here on Monday.
Talking to the media in Hyderabad on Monday Owaisi said that the aim of AIMIM's support to JD (S) was that a non-Congress, non BJP Government should come to power in Karnataka and eventually in the country. We will go out and address public meetings to garner support for the JD (S) in the upcoming elections. "All our efforts and endeavors will be to ensure that the JD (S) gets the maximum number of seats". Owaisi's support to JD (S) assured a major divide of Muslim votes in the region.
Karnataka is witnessing a three-corner contest among the Congress, BJP and the H D Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular). He also said that the party believed that both the national parties, the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, had failed "totally failed". We did not contest in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir. Did not contest Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra. JD (S) leader P G R Sindhia had confirmed that his party was in talks with Asaduddin Owaisi for a formal tie-up ahead of the polls.
In January this year, the party had identified few constituencies in northern Karnataka, where they planned to contest the polls. Following 2004 elections when Congress, JD (S) coalition government broke down, BJP and JD (S) reached to a deal to form a new government.
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Owaisi's backing for JD (S) comes two days after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao also expressed his support to the JD (S) and appealed to the Telugu speaking population in the state to vote for the regional party.
"If Muslim parties like SDPI, AIMIM and MEP puts up candidates and if significant percentage of Muslim vote slips away from Congress to these parties, then BJP stands to gain, " pollster Premchand Pallety said in a recent analysis of the electoral situation in Karnataka.
Karnataka polls are scheduled to be held on May 12, with the counting on May 15. The party that had initially identified seats, especially in North Karnataka and Bengaluru, to field its candidates has now made a decision to exclusively back H D Kumaraswamy.