Shahbaz Sheikh, Ahmedabad: AIMIM has announced its entry into Gujarat politics and has put up candidates in six wards for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation elections. Interestingly, the party that has called itself an alternative for the Muslims in Gujarat has several candidates with criminal antecedents.
Sources said two candidates, one in Gomtipur and another in Dariapur, are either connected to families with criminal antecedents or have some criminal cases against them. It should be noted that AIMIM is not the only one to have such candidates. The BJP and Congress also have put up such candidates in the past.
But AIMIM putting up such candidates comes as a surprise at a time when the party has attacked both the Congress and BJP. It has portrayed itself as an alternative for Muslims in Gujarat.
The party has generated quite an interest among Muslims in the state. But sources said several candidates put up by them have criminal antecedents and that some of them were former informers for the Gujarat police.
AIMIM has put up candidates in Dariapur, Gomtipur, Danilimda, Shahpur, Makhtampura and Behrampura wards of the city.
In fact, AIMIM’s entry also resulted in several Muslim localities in the city putting up banners barring the entry of Congress candidates.
Samir Sheikh, an AIMIM candidate from Dariapur, is a relative of gangster Wahab Pathan.
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