After having enrolled around two lakh active members, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is making a sincere effort towards creating a base in 56 districts of the state. The party has already set up an organizational structure in these 56 districts under its expansion plan.
MIM leaders said that the expansion plan was underway both in UP and Bihar and party would be contesting in both states in coming assembly polls.The MIM leadership has also drafted a blueprint to cover majority of districts of UP before 2017 state assembly elections as party is concentrating on contesting on around 150-200 seats on its own.
City convener Afsar Mahmood said, “The state government is leaving no stone unturned to prevent entry of MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi in the state. District authorities concerned have even refused permission for public meetings. Still we have managed 1.5 to2 lakh active members and are expanding at a rapid speed.”
He further said, “We are committed to organize Owaisi’s public meeting in Allahabad on March 15. We will approach the court if district authorities fail to give permission for meeting.”
Mahmood claimed that despite being a secular political outfit, MIM was being denied permission to hold public meetings. “We sought Daulat Hussain School ground for public meeting but were denied permission on the ground that the area was sensitive,” he said adding “We have been asked to hold meeting at Bahadurganj and if the permission is again cancelled, we will approach the court.”
“After setting up organization structure in 56 districts, we want to discuss 2017 assembly polls with our workers and hence the March 15 meeting,” he said adding, “The Samajwadi Party is afraid of losing Muslim vote bank. Hence, they are thwarting MIM expansion.”
The party has already created an account on social networking sites like facebook and twitter to create awareness about MIM. The party is also seeking support from non-Muslims to expand its base in UP and for that membership drive is already underway.