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13 May 2013

Cong MP organises meet to woo Muslims

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New Delhi: Congress MP Husain Dalwai is organising a two-day conference on educational challenges in the Muslim community in Mumbai this month, at a time when the Samajwadi Party and the All-India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) are trying to make inroads among minorities in the state.

Although the population of minorities in Maharashrtra is over 12 per cent, it is said to be about 20 per cent in Mumbai. They are decisive in Nashik, Malagaon, Bhiwandi, Pune, Aurangabad, Washim, Nagpur and in Marathawada region.

Mr Dalwai, who is also the president of Maulana Azad Vichar Manch (MAVM), will hold the conference under the banner of this ‘manch’ on May 29 and 30 to inaugurated by vice-president Hamid Ansari. Minorities constitute the core constituency of the Congress party in this premier state where the Congress continues to remain in power since Independence, barring 1995 to 99. The Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party has been trying to weaken the Congress’ support base among this community in Mumbai, Bhiwandi with the help of people shifted to these cities from Uttar Pradesh.

On the other hand, the Hyderabad-based AIMIM has increased its activities in eight districts in the Marathawada region of Maharashtra which was part of the earlier Nizam state.

The AIMIM’s performance in the Nanded Municipal Corporation has come as an eye opener for the Congress, which came to power in this corporation. Nanded has been the stronghold of the former chief minister Ashok Chavan.

The AIMIM could damage the Congress-NCP’s votes in Parbhani, Beed, Aurangabad ,Latur, Osmanabad districts.

Minorirties have been voting for the Congress-NCP combine because of the Shiv Sena-BJP’s strong presence in this region.

(Courtesy: The Asian Age)

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