The results of the recent local elections in Madhya Pradesh have seen the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Hyderabad-based AIMIM emerging as strong contenders for the third force spot in the state where the Congress and BJP P has been the dominant player.
Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP and Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad Muslimeen (AIMIM) are trying to fill the space occupied by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan. The Samaj Party (BSP) was in control. Whose political footprints are shrinking in the state.
AAP has claimed 6.3 percent votes in its first civic polls, while AIMIM has fielded seven of its candidates as corporators.
On the other hand, Mayawati-led BSP and SP, which had influence and legislative presence in Madhya Pradesh, have seen their electoral fortunes decline.
The ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress, however, appear unfazed by the growing number of third-force contenders in the state, where bipolar politics has so far been the norm.
“We got 6.3 per cent votes in the urban body polls. One of the 14 mayoral candidates won from Sangruli and candidates from Gwalior and Rewa stood third. In Gwalior, we got around 46,000 votes,” said AAP state president Pankaj Singh. Told T.I.
The new party, which has governments in the national capital Delhi and now Punjab, fielded around 1,500 candidates for councilor posts in civic bodies, of which 40 won, compared to 135-140 runners-up. ended as
Singh claimed that in the panchayat elections, without party symbols, AAP-backed candidates won the posts of 10 zilla panchayat members, 23 janpad members, 103 sarpanches and 250 panchas. He said the party is keen to give Madhya Pradesh voters a strong third option in the 2023 assembly elections as people are angry with both the BJP and the Congress.
“Our party chief (Kejriwal) has already asked us to prepare to contest all 230 assembly seats. We are gearing up to strengthen our organization from the booth level and fight for pro-people issues. said the AAP leader.
AAP contested all 29 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, getting 2 percent of the votes, while in the 2018 assembly elections, the party got just 1 percent of the votes, but this time the share has gone up to 6 percent. . body polls), he said. AIMIM leader Syed Minhajuddin, corporator in Hyderabad and in-charge of the party in Madhya Pradesh said.
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