Owaisi has been striving to tread on a prickly path. Like the BSP’s straight formula, his strategy also moves on similarly at respective elections.
In recent days, Om Prakash Rajbhar has lauded his effective style of politics. He did not fail to mention that Owaisi plays impressive politics. His influence sways the common voters. At least one political leader has been endorsing the clout of Owaisi on the political plane.
It shows the AIMIM leader has been gaining political significance day after day. (असदुद्दीन ओवैसी से लखनऊ में हुई अपनी मुलाकात और सियासी समझौते की चर्चा पर राजभर ने कहा, ‘ओवैसी का मास अपील अंसारियों से कहीं ज्यादा है। अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय में अंसारियों से बड़ा नाम ओवैसी का है।’) (On his meeting and political settlement, Owaisi stated that his mass appeal is much more than the Ansaris. Among the minority communities, Owaisi’s name carries more weight than the Ansaris.)
According to the requirement of the Election Commission, any political party can attain national party status if it gains at least six percent of valid votes polled in any four or more states in a Lok Sabha election or a Vidhan Sabha. It must also win a minimum of four Lok Sabha seats. Alternatively, it must obtain two percent of the total Lok Sabha seats representing three states.
For this purpose in view, he is entering into political alliances with smaller parties to fight polls. His experiment remains successful though Bihar results give a boost to his conviction. Presently, the AIMIM holds two Lok Sabha seats in Parliament and 14 seats of over 4,000 Assembly seats in the country’s whole. Nationally, its vote share comes below the one percent level.
Precisely it has not secured over three percent votes in any state, including his stronghold Telangana, where he maintained his winning tally at GHMC. Hence, it can be said his party is still shy of being called a national party.
It is at this instance, Asaduddin Owaisi’s expansionist agenda becomes clear. Along with a serious attempt to lend his political party purely a national tint, he also aims to become a Muslim leader. A noted journalist Prabhu Chawla writes, “Owaisi is well on track to become the tallest Muslim leader of post-Independence India.”