The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) is likely to challenge upcoming panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh as part of an electoral pact with the regional formation Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP).
The SBSP, led by former UP Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, brings together smaller and regional parties under Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha.
“Candidates belonging to Asaduddin Owaisi’s party will likely be presented in the panchayat elections as the joint candidate of Morcha,” Rajbhar told reporters on Wednesday.
He said the nine Morcha voters would hold meetings in all 75 district seats in the state on January 17.
“After that, a joint Morcha rally will be organized. It will be addressed by Mr. Owaisi as well as other front leaders,” he said.
Uttar Pradesh has a total of 58,758 “gram panchayats” and as many panchayat heads.
According to a state government notification, the five-year tenure of 58,660 “ gram panchayats ”, with the exception of 88 of Gautam Budh Nagar and 10 of Gonda districts, where gram panchayat elections were held. held later ended on December 25.
Asked about Morcha’s position for the upcoming UP Legislative Council polls, Rajbhar said: “The SBSP will not support the BJP.”
The SBSP was part of the BJP-led NDA in the state when Mr Rajbhar was minister until it split from the Saffron party over disputes with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Currently, the SBSP has four deputies in the UP Legislative Assembly, which has 403 members.
Biennial elections for 12 legislative council seats in Uttar Pradesh will take place on January 28.
Shedding light on Mr. Rajbhar, UP Minister Sriram Chauhan later told reporters that the BJP would win if Mr. Owaisi challenges the UP polls.
“Asaduddin Owaisi does not have a ballot problem and if he stands for election the votes will be split which will benefit the BJP,” he said.