Who is Arif Saifi? This and other questions were asked before election. And when he succeeded in scooping a ticket from MIM, many had written him off and termed him as a lightweight.
Though the election from Abul Fazal Enclave has been won by AAP’s Wajid Khan, this young leader has left many impressed with his performance.
He got 2049 votes, holding third slot after Congress Pervez Alam Khan. What is surprising that he surpassed many well settled leaders in getting more votes with sitting councillor Ishrat Beghum’s husband Ameeruddin cutting a pathetic figure as he managed to get only 171 votes on BSP ticket.
Though there is no voting data available right now, local political watchers strongly feel that the Saifi community and youhttp://www.okhlatimes.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpths must have backed him. Also, there is a feeling that the arrival of MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi in Shaheen Bagh before the election supported his candidature.
“I was surprised by the result. As I was going though the sheet I saw that young Arif got impressive votes. This only highlights that fact that Asaduddin Owaisi is still a popular figure among youth,” said a journalist, requesting anonymity.
Now it would be interesting to see how Arif works to popularize MIM in the locality and stay floated in the local politics.