AIMIM may contest 50% seats in Jharkhand

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HYDERABAD : The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimee (AIMIM) is likely to contest at least half the total seats in the coming Jharkhand assembly polls in the party’s maiden election in the state.

Party leaders from Hyderabad where AIMIM is headquartered, said that while candidate names are still being finalized, the final number might touch the halfway mark or go higher.

In the recent Maharashtra polls, AIMIM contested 44 out of 288 seats and won two. In many seats, it managed to get a significant enough vote share, which analysts believe hurt the chances of the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance. In Jharkhand, however, it has yet to test the waters.

In October, the party also won the Kishanganj by-election in Bihar, unseating the Congress in one of its bastions.

Jharkhand, which has 81 assembly seats, will go to polls in five phases beginning 30 November. So far, AIMIM has only announced three names. “More names are being finalized,” said an AIMIM functionary from Hyderabad, adding that about a third of the names are likely to be decided soon.

The AIMIM functionary said the party will contest the elections on its own. He, however, did not wish to comment when asked what kind of impact AIMIM is likely to have on the results.

Source- Live mint

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