It appears that after the debacle in Uttar Pradesh with Muslim votes being allegedly divided, some Muslim political parties have decided to form a Grand Alliance to contest MCD elections in Delhi that is to take place on April 22.
“INL, IUML, WPI, RUC and ACP have formed an alliance to contest councillor elections in Delhi this year. Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM and Peace party may also join the alliance. Announcement regarding this is to be made soon,” said Mozammil Hussain, who is general secretary, INL (Indian National League and constituent member of UP Ittehad Front, Delhi State.
It is not known whether Mozammil, who is also associated with Mushawarat, is also a candidate. Moreover, all these parties save AIMIM don’t have a mass following.
Though Jamaat-E-Islami (Hind) backed Welfare Party of India is based in Abul Fazal but the party has not go a mass following as it has no popular leader at ground level in Okhla, according to political watchers.
AIMIM is to test Okhla’s water for the first time and has a following with many of the former AAP members joining it. However, party insiders on the condition of anonymity said the party is battling internal fight with its local leader not very strong.
The three municipal corporations are ruled by the BJP which is being challenged by the AAP that came to power in Delhi two years with a landslide victory.
Nearly 1.34 crore voters will decide the fate of political candidates in 272 seats of the three civic bodies.
The AAP has already started preparations as it has announced candidates in several seats, including Okhla. The JDU that is also contesting on all the seats too has announced its first list today.
Other political parties too are expected to announce their candidates soon. In Okhla, as usual a large number of people are showing interest in getting tickets with some new faces too surfacing.