Shahbaz Sheikh, Ahmedabad: The Behrampura ward saw some drama ahead of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections after Congress leader Imran Khedawala tendered his resignation. He later withdrew it following the intervention of the high command. Khedawala was reportedly annoyed at the party for ignoring his recommendations for a ticket from the ward.
If the buzz is to be believed, the resignation drama has not gone down well with the voters who now have another choice in the AIMIM which is also contesting from the ward. The buzz is that AIMIM may win some seats and is most likely to divide the Congress’ votes particularly in the Muslim-dominated wards of the city.
Some 500 people in the area joined the AIMIM recently and it seems the Congress which often takes Muslim-dominated wards for granted will have to work hard to lure the voters.
AIMIM provides an alternative to Congress
AIMIM’s entry into AMC politics has brought in a new option and enthusiasm among Muslim voters. Several localities in the area have also put up banners asking the Congress to not come seeking votes. Some suspect that Imran Khedawal’s resignation and subsequent withdrawal has also not gone down well with the voters in the area.
How much has AIMIM’s entry dented the Congress’ vote bank will only be known after the elections. Earlier, a verbal fight had ensued in the area after Congress and AIMIM workers began campaigning in the Maktampura ward.
Voters in areas like Jamalpur are also enthused about the entry of AIMIM. A meeting called by the AIMIM’s party chief in Gujarat, Sabir Kabliwala, saw attendance by over 500 people in Behrampura and Jamalpur areas.
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