PATNA: 4 of the 5 legislators of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) joined Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Wednesday, delivering an enormous blow to the Asaduddin Owaisi-led celebration which made inroads into Bihar’s Seemanchal area within the 2020 meeting elections.

“The AIMIM MLAs have merged with our celebration. We at the moment are the biggest celebration within the state meeting,” Tejashwi Yadav informed reporters after the 4 AIMIM legislators joined the RJD and raised its efficient energy to 80.

The Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) has 77 legislators within the 243-seat meeting and its alliance associate, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) has 45 and Jiten Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) has 4. Wednesday’s change doesn’t influence the ruling coalition’s numbers however lets the RJD make up for among the losses suffered within the 2020 meeting elections when the AIMIM gained a agency foothold within the Seemanchal.

The 4 MLAs – Syed Rukuuddin Ahmed from Baisi, Shahnawaj from Jokihat, Mohammed Anjar Nayami from Bahadurganj and Mohammed IzaharAshwi from Kochadhaman meeting constituency – mentioned their transfer will assist quick observe improvement of the Seemanchal area that contains Araria, Purnia, Kishanganj and Katihar districts. “Now we have taken the choice within the curiosity of improvement of Seemanchal,” mentioned Shahnawaj.

The transfer left Owaisi’s AIMIM fuming.

“The RJD claims to guard the pursuits of minorities and weaker sections. However at this time, the celebration has not solely betrayed the religion and perception of minorities but additionally proved that it doesn’t desire a sturdy celebration to emerge within the state that talks about preventing for Muslims, minorities and scheduled castes,” mentioned Bihar AIMIM president Akhtarul Iman, the celebration’s fifth and solely legislator within the meeting. Imam represents the Amour section in Purnia within the meeting.

The BJP and HAM(S), each constituents of the ruling NDA, additionally slammed RJD’s manoeuvre. “The 4 MLAs of AIMIM have joined arms with a dynastic celebration identified for appeasement politics,” mentioned Nikhil Anand, Bihar BJP’s spokesperson.

HAM(S) state spokesperson Danish Rizwan mentioned it uncovered RJD’s double requirements. “On one hand, the RJD condemns the cut up in Shiv Sena whereas alternatively, it’s making a cut up in AIMIM. It reveals the way it has double requirements,” mentioned Rizwan.

A senior RJD functionary mentioned the merger of the AIMIM legislative celebration is not going to invoke the anti-defection legislation was designed to salvage the state of affairs for the celebration which suffered enormous losses within the Seemanchal area as a result of AIMIM in 2020. “The truth that AIMIM managed to make inroads in RJD’s Muslim vote base in Kishanaganj and adjoining districts in the previous couple of years has been a degree of consternation for the RJD because it has hit its conventional Muslim-Yadav mixture (M-Y). That is one motive, why the RJD introduced within the AIMIM MLAs to get better misplaced floor,” the functionary mentioned.

In 2020, Owaisi’s celebration teamed up with smaller Bihar events that have been a part of the Grand Secular Democratic Entrance (GSDF), a 3rd different to the NDA and the Opposition’s Grand Alliance, after its maiden electoral win in Bihar in October 2019 when the celebration defeated the BJP’s nominee Sweety Singh in a bypoll in Kishanganj.


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