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How Owaisi's entry in Bihar will help BJP win the election

Namit Hans | Updated on: 19 August 2015, 14:28 IST

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader, Asaduddin Owaisi, has decided to make an entry into Bihar politics. His party will contest 25 seats in the Bihar assembly during the forthcoming elections.

AIMIM's sudden appearance in the Bihar elections might serve as a boon for the Bharatiya Janata Party and escalate their chances of winning. Here's why:

  • Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM is the only political party in India that exclusively represents the interests of Muslims on a national level. This might lead to a shift of the Muslim vote bank from Nitish Kumar's JD(U), which will only help the BJP.
  • Owaisi is known for his outspoken behaviour and outrageous comments, which will lead to further polarisation in the state. Though AIMIM is contesting only in 25 seats, the atmosphere of polarisation might benefit the BJP by giving the party Hindu votes throughout the state.
  • The people of Seemanchal region, from where Owaisi's party is contesting in all the seats, already hold a grudge against former CM Nitish Kumar. The Bhajanpura firings in 2011, which claimed the lives of six people, are believed to have been neglected by Nitish because of pressure from the BJP.
  • The RJD-JD(U) and Congress are fighting the Bihar elections together. However, recent revelations in the reports on Bhagalpur riots of 1989 have indicted the then-Congress government, which will further drive Muslim votes away from the Congress, directly affecting the alliance.

Read More: Owaisi to contest 25 seats in Bihar: does the BJP stand to gain?

First published: 19 August 2015, 13:02 IST
Namit Hans @HansNamit

Namit works as a sub-editor at the Speed News desk. He is an economics graduate who stumbled into social work after college. His interest in social issues and desire to write sensitising stories led him to journalism. In his free time, he mostly reads about religion and mythology.