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UP Assembly election 2022: Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM denies alliance with Samajwadi Party

"We clearly deny media reports stating that AIMIM will stitch an alliance with Samajwadi Party if it promises to make a Muslim deputy CM after coming to power in Uttar Pradesh," ANI quoted State AIMIM chief Shaukat Ali as saying.

UP Assembly election 2022: Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM denies alliance with Samajwadi Party-dnm
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Lucknow, First Published Jul 25, 2021, 11:56 AM IST
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The political landscape in Uttar Pradesh is witnessing quick developments with Assembly elections in the state coming closer.

Amid this, several media reports have claimed that Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) might form a pre-poll alliance with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party if it decides to make a Muslim deputy chief minister in Uttar Pradesh.

"We clearly deny media reports stating that AIMIM will stitch an alliance with Samajwadi Party if it promises to make a Muslim deputy CM after coming to power in Uttar Pradesh," ANI quoted State AIMIM chief Shaukat Ali as saying.

The clarification came a day after the AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi said his party is ready to join hands with the Samajwadi Party if it makes a Muslim as Deputy Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had recently said that his party will form an alliance with small political parties. Taking a dig at Akhilesh, BSP supremo Mayawati said that his party’s working style and anti-Dalit ideology had forced it to ally with smaller parties.

The AIMIM is part of the Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha, founded by Om Prakash Rajbhar, chief of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP), an erstwhile ally of the BJP. Earlier in July, Rajbhar claimed if the front won the Assembly polls, it would appoint a new chief minister and four deputy chief ministers each month.

Recently, AIMIM has had a good record, managing to win 5 of the 20 seats it contested in the 2020 Bihar state polls. Moreover, it also managed to retain 44 seats in the high-octave Hyderabad civic polls, which had seen BJP throw its entire poll machinery into making inroads into the elusive south. While AIMIM contested in Bengal on 7 seats, it failed to win a single seat. In Gujarat local body polls, AIMIM won 17 seats in three municipalities in the state, making a stellar debut in PM Modi's home state.

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