On November 10, when the Bihar assembly election result 2020 was being declared, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi turned his gun towards West Bengal Congress unit head Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Adhir had called Owaise a ‘Vote-cutter’.
Attacking Adhir Ranjan in his reply, Owaisi asked, ‘Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has to respond why the condition of Muslims is so bad in his constituency. He has to say what he did for Muslims.” This sets the tone for Bengal Assembly Election 2021 as far as AIMIM and Asaduddin Owaisi is concerned.
The AIMIM fielded 16 candidates in Seemanchal and mainly targeted the RJD-Congress alliance votes, which helped NDA in Bihar. A similar situation may be repeated in West Bengal during the upcoming polls – the party could damage Mamata’s substantiate Muslim vote share in the State.
The party’s strong influence was seen in the Seemanchal constituencies – AIMIM’s Muhammed Izhar Asfi won Kochadhaman by defeating JD(U) MLA Mujahid Alam). In Kishanganj, where AIMIM lost; Amour, which was won by AIMIM’s Bihar President Akhtar-ul Iman by defeating Congress MLA Jaleel Mastan; Bahadurganj, won by AIMIM’s Mohammed Anzar Nayeemi by defeating Congress’ Tauseef Alam; Baisi, won by AIMIM’s Syed Ruknuddin Ahmad by defeating RJD’s Haji Abdus Subhan; Thakurganj, where AIMIM lost; and Jokihat, won by AIMIM’s Shahnawaz Alam who defeated his brother Sarfaraz Alam of RJD.
Owaisi’s party managed to secure only five seats in Bihar assembly elections. Still, it was enough to scuttle the Mahagathbandhan’s hopes of outdoing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the State.
Congress is still shouting 'vote katwa' just as before. They've already started blaming their own failure on @aimim_national's success in #BiharElections. Here are the facts:
-We contested 20 seats, won 5, MGB won 9 & NDA, 6
-On seats where NDA won, the victory margin… [1/2]
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) November 11, 2020
His huge advancements in the Bihar poll results by winning five seats out of 24 in the Seemanchal region has now become an eye-opener for the Trinamool Congress – considering AIMIM a ‘vote-cutter’ – which is going to wrest the saffron brigade in the West Bengal assembly elections 2021.
Having some influence among Muslim voters in Bengal’s bordering areas, AIMIM has decided to contest the 2021 polls, reportedly with the support of one of the strong Muslim clerics in Bengal – Abbas Siddiqui.