The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Sunday elected party leader Akbaruddin Owaisi as its floor leader in the Telangana Legislative Assembly. This, after the state went to the polls on December 7 and the AIMIM bagged all seven seats where it had fielded its sitting legislators again.
On Sunday, the AIMIM held an executive committee meeting with the seven MLA elects and party president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, at its headquarters, Darussalam. Akbaruddin, who was the party's floor leader in the dissolved Assembly as well, was re-elected from Chandrayangutta constituency for the fifth consecutive term earlier this month. He defeated his nearest rival Syed Shehzadi of the BJP by over 80,000 votes.
Mumtaz Ahmed Khan (Charminar), Ahmed Pasha Quadri (Yakutpura), Jaffar Hussain (Nampalli), Ahmed Bin Abdullah Balala (Malakpet), Moazzam Khan (Bahadurpura) and Kausar Mohiuddin (Karwan) also managed to win a seat in the recently-concluded polls.
The AIMIM had fielded eight candidates, all in Hyderabad, and declared support to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the rest of the state. The party's eighth candidate Mirza Rahmat Baig, however, failed to win the Rajendranagar seat. The TRS had swept the state in the elections, winning 88 of the 119 seats that were up for grabs.
Speaking after the victory of the TRS and the AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi predicted that regional parties would take the Indian politics by storm, providing an alternative to both Congress and BJP. Owaisi said a Ping-Pong game between Congress and BJP was not good for the country, its secularism, federalism and diversity. "This is not in the interest of country's minorities, Dalits and all secular-minded Hindu brethren," he added.
The MP said the AIMIM declared support to TRS as no communal riot occurred in Telangana during last four-and-half years and unlike states in the north, there was not a single incident of mob lynching or reign of terror in the state. He said the government took various initiatives for the educational upliftment of Muslims. Owaisi also said he would stand by the TRS chief in his efforts to play an important role in the national politics.