Owaisi’s AIMIM gains clear edge in 5 seats

According to data from the Election Commission as of 6 pm, Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) was leading in the five seats of Amour, Bahadurganj, Jokihat, Baisi, and Kochadhaman.

Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM placed its candidates in Muslim dominated areas of Bihar, mainly Kishanganj, Purnia, Araria, and Katihar districts. There are around 45 minority-dominated Assembly seats in these districts of the Seemanchal region from where RJD and Congress candidates had been winning till the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and 2015 Assembly polls.

AIMIM is part of the Grand Democratic Secular Front (GDSF), a coalition of 6 political parties formed in the wake of the 2020 Bihar Legislative Assembly election.

In Amour, its candidate and party Bihar chief Akhtarul Iman is winning by a significant margin of 26,000. Muhammed Izhar Asfi, AIMIM’s candidate in Kochadhaman, is doing almost as well, leading by 30,712 votes. 

In Bahadurganj, Mohammad Anzar Nayeemi is leading by more than 14,000 votes and in Baisi, Syed Ruknuddin Ahmad is leading by more than 6000 votes.

In Jokihat, AIMIM’s candidate and sitting RJD MLA Shahnawaz Alam is leading by more than 8,000 votes.

GDSF was formed after the merger of the constituents of the United Democratic Secular Alliance and a ‘three-party front’. Earlier, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) announced an alliance with Samajwadi Janata Dal Democratic (SJDD). Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) declared another alliance ‘three-party front’ for upcoming Bihar election.

GDSF partner BSP is also leading in one seat.

AIMIM won Kishanganj Assembly by-poll in 2019, marking the party’s first electoral victory in Bihar. 

In view of the AIMIM’s performance thus far, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has called attention to the influence that Owaisi has had on the election dynamic. 

Congress is leading in only 18 of the 70 seats they contested in polls.

Linking AIMIM with BJP, Chowdhury told news agency ANI, “BJP’s tactic of using (Asaduddin) Owaisi Sahab’s party in the Bihar elections has succeeded to an extent. All secular parties should be alert about vote cutter Owaisi Sahab.”