Apparently disturbed by the spectacular performance of Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the Aurangabad civic polls, the Shiv Sena said on Friday it does not augur well for communal amity in Maharashtra.
“It’s a matter of concern how the AIMIM has got strength from Muslim localities in Sambhajinagar where the Owaisi brothers had challenged to uproot the saffron flag and plant their green flag,” the Shiv Sena said.
Shiv Sena calls Aurangabad as ‘Sambhajinagar’ and also been demanding it should be renamed after the great Maratha king instead of the Mughal emperor.
Ruing how some Dalit and non-Muslim candidates have also won on AIMIM tickets, the Sena accused the party of “playing dirty politics to divide the Dalit-Hindu votes”, in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana.
“If the party, which was formed for the interests of only Muslim community, continues to get such support even from the Dalits, it’s alarm time for not only social unity but also the Ambedkar movement,” the edit warned.
Pointing out that in the last (October 2014) assembly elections, the AIMIM’s leads in 50 civic wards (of total 113) of Aurangabad had emboldened it to dream of capturing the civic body in the Wedneday polls.
“Though that dream failed to materialise, the very fact that 26 candidates of the ‘poisonous party’ have been elected to the civic body is definitely not a good sign…it was like a ‘crusade’ (religious war) in Sambhajinagar which the Shiv Sena has won and in which the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party were blown away like dried leaves,” the Sena said.
However, despite the ‘saffron victory’ in Aurangabad, the Shiv Sena feels the ‘green upsurge’ spells danger since a communal party like AIMIM is “unifying Muslim votes under an Islamic banner”.
“Now, the Hindus must open their eyes to the poll results and unite against it by discarding their own differences; This is the clear lesson from the Aurangabad civic elections,” the Sena urged.