The MCD polls are over and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is back in power as it retained the three civic bodies for the record third time.
Though the winner BJP took it all, other parties that failed to sail through have started introspection. Besides three main political parties, the BJP, the Congress and the AAP, other regional parties too took political plunge.
Of them the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was also at the forefront. The party was seen working in Okhla and other Muslim-dominated wards to win hearts and minds and increase its membership. In Okhla, many were expecting the party to lead from the front.
The AIMIM contested from 8 seats. However, it is another story that once again like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, it failed to win a single seat from the area which had a sizeable Muslim population.
So have the Muslims in Delhi rejected the Hyderabad headquartered party?
Though the party did not open its account, some of its candidates’ performance was impressive. Arif Saifi, who stood from Abul Fazal Enclave ward, was able to get a modest number of votes.
MIM member Afzal Ansari said the party could have done better and it is time for introspection that why despite so much of efforts the party failed in opening its account. He pointed out there were a few cases, like Mustafabad candidate who got good votes, however, the performance can be easily termed dismal.
Irfanullah Khan, AIMIM’s spokesperson reportedly said earlier: “Earlier, we had decided to field candidates for all 272 seats, but when we conducted the survey, we came to know that we are in a strong position on 50 seats. After this, we decided to contest elections in these 50 seats firmly.”