The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has released an application form for party candidates contesting the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year. The party has also issued a ‘loyalty contract’ along with the form.
The ‘loyalty contract’ mentions that the applicant will campaign for the party, work honestly even if denied a ticket to enter the poll fray. Applicants will also have to pay an application fee of Rs 10,000 along with the form. The party will soon prepare a list of those filling the application forms to contest the polls.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi will take the final decision on the ticket distribution. He will visit the state soon.
The AIMIM has decided to contest on 100 of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The party has dropped hints that it is open to allying with smaller parties. Owaisi's party is already a constituent of former minister Om Prakash Rajbhar-led Suheldev Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha (SBSM). The alliance has nine smaller parties. The alliance is trying to rope in other OBC, Dalit and minority leaders.
The AIMIM has appointed presidents to all its 75 district units in the state.
Notably, the AIMIM is buoyed by the Zila panchayat polls results. The party performed well in Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav’s constituency Azamgarh and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya’s hometown Prayagraj. In the 2015 Zila panchayat polls, the party had won four seats.
In the 2017 Assembly polls, the party had drawn a blank. The party had fielded 36 candidates.