Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of the AIMIM, has now confirmed that his party All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will not contest the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. This move comes just a few weeks before the last date of filing of nominations for the Assembly polls.
However, AIMIM has a significant presence in certain parts of Karnataka. It has some corporators in the municipalities of Bidar and Basavakalyan.
“We will not contest in upcoming Karnataka elections. AIMIM will support JDS and will campaign for them. We feel both national the parties have totally failed us,” said Owaisi and confirmed that the party will extend its support to Janata Dal (Secular).
Mr. Owaisi had earlier said that “people of the country are fed up with BJP governance and Congress is not a viable option, neither it can become one.” He was also reportedly in talks with the Janata Dal-Secular.
Earlier, there were rumors that the party feels its participation in Karnataka polls can have a negative effect on the other Congress’ vote bank.
According to party sources, AIMIM feels that if it contests the elections in Karnataka, it could harm “secular parties”.
Whenever the Hyder-abad-based had decided to contest outside its traditional stronghold, it has been criticised by non-BJP parties of helping the BJP by splitting votes.