All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday filed the nomination for the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat. A couple of hours after the poll process began with the issue of notification by election authorities, the outgoing MP from Hyderabad filed his papers before Returning Officer K. Manicka Raj, the Hyderabad District Collector.
Taking everyone by surprise, Owaisi along with his party's senior leader and MLA Ahmed Pasha Khadri reached the District Collector's office and filed his nomination.
"Alhamdulilah, filed my nomination papers today. Hyderabad Parliamentary Constituency has been the voice of India's impoverished, oppressed and weak. Inshallah, it will continue to be so," he tweeted.
The AIMIM leader is seeking re-election from Hyderabad for a fourth consecutive term. The parliamentary constituency has been a MIM stronghold for over three decades. His father Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi represented the constituency and was elected for six consecutive terms from 1984 to 2004.
The AIMIM had won seven seats in the Legislative Assembly elections held in the state on December 11, last year. The AIMIM retained the 7 seats that it had won in the 2014 elections. His younger brother, Akbaruddin Owaisi, the MLA from Chandrayangutta, won the constituency for the fifth consecutive time.
Owaisi is also an ally of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the state and has an understanding with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, over the latter’s plan of a Federal Front; a consortium of regional parties at the Centre.
Keeping this in mind, the TRS has agreed to not contest the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat.
On Saturday, addressing an election rally in Karimnagar, KCR called for a 'Congress and BJP mukt Bharat' and blamed the two national parties for all the ills plaguing the country. He underlined the need for an alternative to bring qualitative change in the national politics.