Buoyed by the results of Bihar assembly elections, the AIMIM which bagged five seats is now looking to spread its wings to states such as Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Addressing reporters , AIMIM’s president Asaduddin Owaisi said the party will fight for justice in the northern state’s Seemanchal region.
Reacting to allegations that his party was dividing anti-BJP votes, Owaisi said he was running a political party that has a right to contest on its own. “You mean we should not fight elections. You (Congress) went and sat in Shiv Sena’s lap (in Maharashtra). If anyone asks why did you fight the elections… I will fight in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and will fight every election in the country… Do I need to ask anyone’s permission to fight the polls,” he said when asked whether the party would contest in any other state. He however, did not clarify whether the party would contest on its own or in alliance with other parties.
“AIMIM will fight in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Time only will tell with whom we will ally,” Owaisi added. Owaisi is often criticised by Congress and other parties as “B-team” of BJP denting anti-saffron party’s votes.