AIMIM to stay out of poll fray in Thane and Kalyan
| Monday | 25th March, 2019
However, doubts persist within the NCP about his appeal to voters in the urban segments of Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath among others.
THANE: The third front coalition of Prakash Ambedkar and Asaduddin Owaisi will not field any candidate in the Thane Lok Sabha constituency, despite a sizeable presence of the dalit and Muslim voters in the suburban townships extending from Thane-Mira Road.The two leaders forged a pre-poll alliance last month and calling it a Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and rejected the overtures of the Congress-NCP to team up with them.
However, the VBA is considering to contest the Kalyan Lok Sabha seat and is likely to take announce is candidate in the next two days.The VBA’s decision to stay out of the poll fray in Thane Lok Sabha, however, has raised eyebrows and will lead to a straight fight between the Sena’s Rajan Vichare and NCPs Anand Pranjpe.TOI spoke to AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad, Imityaz Jaleel, who said the party will not contest in Thane and Kalyan parliamentary seats and will put up only two candidates in Mumbai South and Aurangabad.The AIMIM functionary in Mumbra Rauf Lala said though his party was not contesting the Thane and Kalyan Lok Sabha seat, they would support the candidate given by the Ambedkar faction for Kalyan constituency.“Our party-bearers have clearly given us the message that they will have to support the Vanchit nominee and thus we shall surely show our strength then as in TMC elections we had nearly 30,000 votes,” said Lala.A political observer said Babaji Patil, the NCP candidate from Kalyan Lok Sabha, is banking on the native Agri-Koli voters as he belongs to the same community.
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