The message is loud and clear: AIMIM is not just a ‘Hyderabad’ party, but also quite capable of creating a dent in the national political arena. The Asaduddin Owaisi-led party on Tuesday exceeded expectations and was well on its way to winning five seats in the Bihar Assembly elections.

Even as counting was on, the AIMIM announced that it has won from Amour, Kochadhamam, Jokihat, Baisi, Bahadurunj Assembly constituencies. The Hyderabad-based party may well play a bigger role in the polls with NDA and the Mahagatbandhan fighting a neck-and-neck race for the top prize. 

As on 9 pm on Tuesday evening, AIMIM Bihar president Aktharul Iman was leading from the Amour constituency with 54.7 per cent of the total vote, poised to defeat six-time Congress MLA Abdul Jalil Mastan. Iman had earlier contested in the General elections from the Kishangunj seat and lost narrowly. 

“It’s a great moment for us as the people of Bihar have honoured us with so many votes. Our leaders and workers have put a lot of efforts into strengthening our party in Bihar. We will try our best to fulfil the promises made by us,” Asaduddin Owaisi said while addressing a press conference. When asked about whether he will support the Mahagatbandhan if such a situation arose in the coming days, Owaisi was evasive. 

While responding to a question, Owaisi made it clear that he will contest in West Bengal elections in the future. “This election result is a message for everyone who thinks that AIMIM should not contest in elections. Are we NGOs that we will only hold seminars and present papers? We are a political party and we will contest in all elections.” 

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