MIM confident of homeground Hyderabad
As Majlis-Ittehadul-Musalmeen chief Assaduddin Owaisi gets set to open his third innings from the historic Hyderabad Parliamentary seat -- a record ninth time by MIM -- there seems to be no stopping the Owaisi family juggernaut.
Recently, barrister Assauddin has gone a step further when he declared that MIM could never be defeated from Hyderabad, as long as Charminar, the icon of Hyderabad city, stands.
A quick look at the demography of the constituency and the family stranglehold reveals that there was no exaggeration on the part of Assaduddin as split in votes between Congress and the TDP has always given MIM a clean sweep and a permanent edge in the seat.
But the 2014 elections could make a difference as for the first time since 1984 MIM is not in alliance with the Congress since the Kiran Kumar Reddy government jailed both Assaduddin and his brother Akbaruddin on a 'hate speech' and assault on IAS officer counts last year.
Unlike the 2009 elections when Siasat Editor Zahid Ali Khan gave a tough contest to Asauddin Owaisi, the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat comprising seven assembly segments of Malakpet, Karwan, Goshamahal, Charminar, Chandrayanagutta, Yuktpura and Bhadurpura, is not likely to witness a keen contest this time.
TDP candidate of 2009 Zahid Ali Khan has left the party in a huff over the TDP-BJP alliance.
As against over 13.93 lakh electors in the 2009 election, there are more than 16.61 lakh voters in the 2014 polls. While there were 23 contestants in 2009, there are 15 candidates this time, including four independents.
The prominent candidates include Asaduddin Owaisi of All Indian Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, S Krishna Reddy (Congress) and Dr Bhagavanth Rao of BJP.
While the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has put up a Muslim candidate, Rashid Shariff, the TDP-BJP combine has named Bhagwanth Rao and Boddu Sainath Reddy of YSRCP.
In fact, the Parliament seat has never left the party or the Owaisi family since 1984 as Assaduddin's father Sultan Salauddin Owaisi, popularly called as Salar-Millat (leader) who held the Assembly seat of Charminar for three terms before he opted for Parliament till 2004 and later his son inherited the mantle.
(Posted on 15-04-2014)