Owaisi-led party to contest Karnataka assembly elections

Political News, State (Hyderabad), November 29:-All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Tuesday said it would contest the upcoming assembly elections in the Congress-ruled Karnataka.

The city-headquartered AIMIM said in a release that its president Asaduddin Owaisi made an announcement in this regard after a meeting here with the party’s Karnataka unit.

The Hyderabad Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) criticised the ruling Congress in Karnataka for allegedly not allowing him to address public meetings in the state.

“There is no difference between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress…

Congress speaks about freedom of expression. But, there is no freedom of expression in the Congress-ruled states. They are not allowing me to address a public meeting in Karnataka,” the release quoted Owaisi as saying.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) had earlier contested the Bengaluru civic elections held in August 2015, but none of its candidates could win the election.

The Hyderabad based party AIMIM had earlier contested state elections in Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. However, except winning 02 seats in Maharashtra, it could not win a single seat in the other two states.

The AIMIM had first time contested election outside Hyderabad in 2012 Nanded, Maharashtra civic elections and won 11 seats. However, it could not win a single seat in the subsequent 2017 Nanded civic polls.

Elections in Karnataka, which has a 224-member assembly, are likely to be held in the first half of 2018.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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