AIMIM deregistered in Maharashtra, barred from contesting civic polls


Maharashtra State Election Commission, which conducts local body polls, on Wednesday deregistered Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM for failure to submit Income Tax returns and audited accounts.

The decision has dealt a crushing blow to the AIMIM’s future electoral ambition in the state as the party will now be barred from contesting the Mumbai civic body polls shceduled for next year.

According to PTI, the parties which lost their registration also includes RPI-Khobragade faction, State Election Commissioner J S Saharia said here today.

So far, 359 political parties have been registered with the Commission. Of these, 17 are recognised parties, he said.

Notices were served to 326 parties for failure to submit necessary documents, Saharia said.

Despite sending reminders to them and extending the deadline on request of some of them, they have allegedly failed to submit any documents, he said.

“If the parties want to contest elections in Maharashtra, they have to register,” Saharia said.

AIMIM had performed exceptionally well in the last assembly polls by winning two seats.

AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad central constituency Imtiaz Jaleel ‏said that he would appeal against the SEC ban with the Election Commission of India adding that his party would contest the polls.

“Will appeal with Maharashtra EC against ban on AIMIM for not filing returns. Party will contest local body elections due in few months,” he tweeted.