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UP Elections 2021: AIMIM Refutes Reports of Alliance With Samajwadi Party

The AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday had said that he would be open to an alliance with the SP if Akhilesh Yadav decided to name a Muslim MLA as Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

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AIMIM refutes reports of alliance with SP for the 2022 assembly elections (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIS) on Sunday denied reports suggesting a coalition with the Samajwadi Party for the upcoming 2022 state assembly elections. AIMIM’s UP President denied these reports while speaking to ANI.

The AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday had said that he would be open to an alliance with the SP if Akhilesh Yadav decided to name a Muslim MLA as Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier in the year, Owaisi had announced that his party would contest 100 seats in the 2022 assembly poll.

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“We have never said that AIMIM will go for alliance with Samajwadi Party if Akhilesh Yadav makes a Muslim leader as deputy chief minister if the party comes into power in Uttar Pradesh. We clearly deny the reports stating that because neither I nor AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi made these statements,” Ali told PTI.

“We said that SP has got 20 per cent of Muslim votes in the previous elections and came into power but they did not make any Muslim as deputy chief minister,” he said.

Owaisi was also in touch with smaller political parties such as Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), Shivpal Singh Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP), Keshav Dev Maurya’s Mahan Dal, and Krishna Patel’s Apna Dal.

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In the previous assembly elections in UP in 2017, the party had contested on 38 seats but failed to win even a single seat.

According to demographics data, 110 constituencies in the state have a  Muslim population of 30-39 per cent. On 44 seats, this percentage rises to 40-49 per cent while on 11 seats, the Muslim voters are around 50-65 per cent.

In 2017, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats