Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM seems to be on its way to win five assembly seats in the 2020 Bihar elections. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen’s performance has defied expectations with the party managing to win two seats and retaining a lead on another three seats in Bihar’s Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region, a former stronghold of the mahagathbandhan.

With the counting of votes still underway and the NDA tied in a close electoral battle with the RJD-led mahagathbandhan, once the election result is out in its entirety.

In the run-up to the 2020 Bihar assembly elections, the Congress had accused AIMIM of being “BJP’s B-team”. The party’s Bihar unit chief Madan Mohan Jha had even claimed that Owaisi’s AIMIM will have no significant impact on the outcome of the elections.

AIMIM spokesperson Asim Waqar told news agency PTI on Tuesday, “The decision [to back an alliance] will be taken by Asad (Owaisi) sahab, but the reality is that our fight is against the BJP and for the country. So the BJP and its alliance do not appear anywhere in our list.”

Responding to allegations levelled against the AIMIM the party’s spokesperson Asim Waqar told PTI, “Those calling us that have got a befitting reply and their mouths will now be shut in the future as well.”

Going by the latest Election Commission data, AIMIM’s candidates Syed Ruknuddin Ahmad and Shahnawaz won the Baisi and Jokihat assembly seats respectively. Meanwhile, the party’s candidate Akhtarul Iman is leading in Amour, Md Anzar Nayeemi is leading in Bahadurganj and MD Izhar Asfi is leading in Kochadhaman assembly constituency.

The AIMIM had contested 20 seats in the Bihar polls, a majority of which went to polls in the third and final phase of elections on November 7. Asaduddin Owaisi’s party had allied with Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) under the banner of the Grand Democratic Secular Front.

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