Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s political party AIMIM won five assembly seats in Bihar on Tuesday. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) made its debut in Bihar after winning by-elections on five seats in 2019.
“In politics, you learn from your mistake. Our Bihar chief personally met with each and every leader of political parties. No one was ready to touch us. Big parties treated me like an untouchable… Our party president met every important Muslim leader as well. But nothing worked out. Cannot tell you why it didn’t happen,” Owaisi said during an interview with NDTV.
On being asked which party will the AIMIM support, Owaisi said that he is yet to decide.
“It’s a very good day for our political party. People of Bihar have voted for us and given us their blessings. I don’t know how I can thank them,” Owaisi told the media on Tuesday evening. “We will work for the people and focus on flood-affected areas. I want to thank people for coming out and voting for us despite the pandemic. We must be lacking in something, due to which we didn’t win more seats yet. We will sit together and work on the issues and win the seats next time,” he added.
The AIMIM has said that the people who called their party a “vote-cutter” have got a solid reply after the Bihar results.
Commenting on the Congress party’s “BJP B Team” remark, Owaisi told NDTV, “They are trying to hide their frustration. If they are defeated they blame Owaisi. We started our Bihar journey five years back. We have worked for the development of Seemanchal. We will decide later who we will support. Our fight for justice for Seemanchal will continue.”
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won an absolute majority in Bihar, winning 122 seats in a closely contested election that saw counting continue stretching over 19 hours and wrapping up only in the early hours on Wednesday.
The Mahagathbandhan including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, and Left parties managed to secure 110 seats in the state’s 243-seat legislative assembly.