Updated Sunday, July 31, 2022 4:29 PM IST
In the recent local body elections held in Madhya Pradesh, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won another 40 councilor to mayor seats, while the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen won seven seats from councilor They registered their strong presence in the state, with this both parties have also become the third force in the state. Until now, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) were known as the third force in the state. So far, the politics of the BJP government and the main opposition party, the Congress, has been in the state as well as local elections. both of us. The parties are dominant.
Congress regardless of the growing number of third force claimants in the state
In this performance of Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP and Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM, the Madhya Pradesh Congress has termed both parties as BJP’s ‘B team’. Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has already held its first election to the urban body in the state. It has claimed to get 6.3 percent of the vote share.
However, the BJP and the Congress seem to be indifferent to the growing number of third force contenders in the state. AAP state president Pankaj Singh told PTI, “We got 6.3 per cent votes in the urban civic polls. Our party candidate won in Singrauli and we came third in Gwalior and Rewa in the mayoral elections held for 14 municipal corporations in the state. In Gwalior, we got about 46,000 votes.” He said that for the posts of city councilors, our party had fielded about 1,500 candidates, of which 40 won, while 135 to 140 came second.
People angry with both BJP and Congress
Singh claimed that AAP-backed candidates won 10 posts of Zilla Panchayat members, 23 Janpad members, 103 sarpanches and 250 panchas in the panchayat elections held on a non-party basis. It will give voters a strong choice as people are angry with the BJP. and Congress. “Our party chief (Kejriwal) has already asked us to be ready to contest the 230 assembly seats,” the AAP leader said. We are in the process of strengthening our organization from the booth itself and preparing to fight for pro-people issues, which had secured two percent votes, while in the 2018 assembly elections, the party only got one percent of votes. But this time we have performed brilliantly in the municipal elections and our party’s vote share has increased to six percent.
No decision on contesting assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh AIMIM in-charge Syed Minhajuddin said, “Our party had fielded 51 candidates in the recently held local elections in the state, two of which are for mayor posts (in Khandwa and Burhanpur) and the rest 49 for councillors.said that though vote share figures are not available, seven AIMIM candidates have become councillors.
Minhajuddin said the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM is yet to decide whether to contest the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh. “It depends on our party chief (Owaisi) and the organisation. But I personally think the party can contest the assembly elections because of its good performance in the urban civic elections, it has a strong base in the villages and their performance in the urban body elections does not matter much.
Ask about the new Third Front option for Madhya Pradesh voters
“However, more than five dozen candidates of our party have won the urban civic polls and the numbers are still being collected,” he claimed. SP state president RS Patel said his party would not be able to participate in the civic polls with full dedication and enthusiasm as it did not have an organizational structure.
“Only 5-6 candidates (of the SP) have won the elections because I had recently taken over. However, we have started preparations for the assembly elections with full sincerity and will fight with all our might.” “AAP and AIMIM are the ‘B team’ of the ruling BJP. But, this will not affect the prospects of our party. ” At the same time, BJP state secretary Rajnish Agarwal said that whenever the third force is strong in Madhya Pradesh, they reduce Congress votes.