Emerging from the open dispute over the distribution of tickets, Asaduddin Owaisi has now proceeded to face the real litmus test at the ground level. Though social media tell us of his popularity in the Seemanchal region, it will be clear only after the results. It would not be wrong to say that the AIMIM expects to gain a victory in this belt.
If the party can wade through the tough and rough reactions from the ticket claimants, it can also fight the electoral battle with a similar command. Party stuck to the theory of survey for the distribution of tickets. The centre of protest prevailed in the very Seemanchal area, where the Majlis has fielded a total of 19 candidates, a big chunk of the party candidates are ready here to fight the electoral battle.
Asaduddin Owaisi has leapt into Bihar’s after Jharkhand. As a part of the grand democratic secular front, he declared his candidates for the three separate phases of the polling in the state. He challenges a fight on as many as 24 assembly constituencies. His party’s 19 seats are expected to fight a tough battle in the Seemanchal region. Most of the Muslim candidates of his party are from this area.
The party he represents is most often tagged as a Muslim party, but the selection of the initial five candidates for varied seats did not approve of this point. He even offered two seats to others in the last phase polls. He tries to maintain his clean and secular image. The conflicts surfaced in ticket distribution on certain seats marred his political honesty. He wanted at least one MLA from the party in every state assembly. Just one is enough for him. Because he perceives if one elected member comes in the legislative assembly, they would enquire of the secular parties. You accepted Muslim votes to use the BJP to blackmail them. Now, what about the development assured to them, he argued.
Endorsing unflinching faith in the country’s Constitution and standards put up by BR Ambedkar, he denies opposition parties’ every staunch criticism with logical answers. His clean image of a secular politics seems to bother them, but he remains prepared to face their sharp questions ably, and it helps establish himself as a leader of meaning. That’s why he has planned to extend his scheme of contesting the elections.
He is said to be contesting one Bulandsahar seat in UP’s bye-elections too. The Qasba assembly seat in Bihar has brought him into direct ire of Kanchan Devi who failed to obtain a ticket from the constituency. He accepts that he does everything right in enforcing his political moves, but his decisions are not always up to the mark. He hopes challenges can help him build greater empathy and understanding among the people, teams and families that support him with the party’s banners. However, the opposition of the party workers exposes the basic deficiencies within the party management. The struggles might seem unclear or impervious but they are, in essence, deeply human.