Owaisi eyes Muslim votes in UP, plans 2 rallies in March

Ashfaq Ahmad, Lucknow

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslmeen (AIMIM) leader Asasuddin Owaisi seems to be leaving no stone unturned to consolidate Muslim votes. Sources said the controversial leader has planned two rallies in Uttar Pradesh-on March 15 in Allahabad and March 29 in Agra.

Eyeing 19 per cent Muslim voters in the state, the AIMIM has formed party committees in 35 districts and booth-level teams in 25 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

AIMIM UP state convener Shaukat Ali said the party’s focus is on minority votes in the strongholds of Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party which corners a major share of the community in state elections. “Our membership drive is in full swing. The party’s district-level teams have already been constituted in 35 districts. The office- bearers in other districts would be appointed by the end of June. Owaisi will extensively organise rallies and public meetings in the state to make people aware of the AIMIM’s policies,” he said.