Asaduddin Owaisi led AIMIM snatches civic body from BJP in Godhra

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) that won seven seats in the Godhra Municipal Council joined forces with independent councillors to snatch power from the BJP in the regional body.In the 44-member council, the BJP bagged 19 seats in the recent regional body polls to emerge the biggest celebration. Independents won 17 wards and the AIMIM got 7, leaving one to the Congress The AIMIM, with assistance of the independents, staked claim to form the council and made independent councillor Sanjay Sony president of the body.Apart from Godhra, the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM bagged 9 seats in Modasa, making it the primary opposition in the municipal council. The party has also won a couple of seats in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation The AIMIM went into Gujarat for the civic surveys in partnership with the Bharatiya Tribal Party of Chhotu Vasava, the tribal strongman of South Gujarat.Godhra had one Congress councillor back in 2015, but with the assistance of 25 independents, it had taken control of the council leaving 18 BJP councillors to being in the opposition. In the wake of the 2017 Rajya Sabha polls, Godhra MLA CK Raulji shifted his loyalty from the Congress to the BJP and relocated to the state’s ruling party with 7 councillors, which turned the table in favour of the BJP.Speaking to ET, AIMIM Gujarat president Shabbir Kabliwala stated his celebration was in touch with the independents in Godhra and had kept all the 17 of them together with its own councillors in a safe home ahead of staking claim, to hinder any efforts of the BJP to charm them.”Likewise, Asaduddin Owaisi had thoroughly campaigned in the town and we profited of it throughout the election as we did in other places,” Kabliwala stated, adding that the celebration would now be preparing for the assembly elections next year.The entry of the AIMIM as well as the Aam Aadmi Celebration in Gujarat dealt a deadly blow to the Congress in the just recently held civic polls, where the party was almost annihilated all over the state.In the Surat Municipal Corporation, the Congress failed to win a single seat, leaving the AAP with 27 councillors to complete the opposition area.

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