Angry with the Congress for backtracking on many assurances, the minority community used its franchises heavily in favour of Hyderabad-based Majlise-Itehadul-Muslimeen (MIM) during the recently-concluded elections of the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC).
The MIM, which won 11 seats, reduced victory margins of many Congress candidates.
Former chief minister Ashok Chavan himself accepted MIM’s sudden growth and said the seats were actually Congress party seats.
Nanded district chief of MIM Sayyed Moin said residents of old Nanded city always supported the Congress. But theparty still ignored the city’s development. Also, the party had promised that the MLC seat from Nanded local government constituency would be allotted to someone from the minority community. That was ignored as well and Amar Rajurkar, a close associate of Chavan, was made the Nanded MLC.
Even before the NWMC elections in 2009, Chavan had promised the mayoral post to a minority candidate, but it went to Ajay Bhasin. “With so many unfulfilled promises, the minority community voted against the Congress,” Moin said.
With the assembly elections round the corner and the possibility of MIM capturing one of the two assembly seats in Nanded, Chavan seems to have tactfully rectified his stand and made Abdul Sattar the mayor. He was elected in a voice vote on Thursday. DNA