MIM to take battle to Kiran’s home turf - The New Indian Express

MIM to take battle to Kiran’s home turf

Published: 04th December 2012 09:21 AM

Last Updated: 04th December 2012 09:21 AM

After severing its ties with the Congress, the Majlis Ittehadul-e-Muslimeen is all set to take on the ruling party, and chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in particular, by holding public meetings across the state starting with Nizamabad. It will also hold a meeting at Pileru, Kiran Kumar Reddy’s home ground in Chittoor district, party sources say.

The meetings will be held under the banner of United Muslim Action Committee (UMAC), a conglomerate of 14 Muslim organisations which actively campaigned for the Congress in the last two elections.

A meeting of UMAC’s constituents, under the leadership of its convener Abdul Rahim Qureshi, was held at the MIM’s party office here on Sunday when the decision to campaign against the Congress was taken.

While withdrawing his party’s support to the Congress government, MIM chief and Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi announced that they would tour the length and breadth of state to expose the `anti-secular’ nature of the Congress government in the state. The MIM’s grouse was that the government allowed construction of a temporary structure at the Bhagyalakshmi temple at Charminar days before the Diwali festival on the directions of the High Court. The UMAC backed the MIM’s decision.

``The campaign will begin at Nizamabad town where a public meeting will be held on December 8,’’ MIM sources said. The campaign aims to expose the alleged misgovernance and anti-secular stance of Kiran Kumar Reddy. The meeting will be held under the aegis of UMAC and one or two leaders of the 14 constituent organisations and parties will participate in the meeting. Asaduddin Owaisi is also likely to take part in the meeting.

UMAC leaders will visit selected places in the  fternoon and interact with the local Muslims on their day-to-day problems. In the evening, public meetings will be held. The party is yet to identify the dates and places where it will hold meetings in all the three regions.

“The meetings will be held at places where the MIM has considerable hold and has its units,’’ the sources said. The MIM is pinning on hopes on the 20,000-odd Muslim electorate in Pileru to make its meet a grand success and create trouble for the chief minister. It is eliciting and expecting some support from the YSR Congress to make the meeting a success. It is sending signals of getting closer to the YSR Congress and heaping praises on the late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

The MIM leadership wants to increase its strength in the Assembly from the existing seven to a minimum of 15 and the same was even stated by the party’s floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in the Assembly on Sunday.

Branded as a party based in the old city, the MIM wants to expand its base across the state, particularly Telangana and Rayalaseema, and wants to contest at least 25 seats in the state.

More than 50 Assembly constituencies have considerable Muslim votes. According to sources, the party is buoyed by its success in the municipal elections in Nanded in Maharashtra.

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