Owaisi said that the AIMIM UP unit is looking into the matter, but nothing has yet been decided. The party had earlier announced that it will contest on 100 assembly seats out of 403 in Uttar Pradesh. But later the Hyderabad-based party had curbed its numbers and shown its intension to play a junior partner to any secular formation in order to prevent Muslim/Dalit votes from getting splintered.

Uttar Pradesh, where 18-19 per cent of voters are from Muslim Dalit community affects more than 100 seats in the state and in order to win those AIAIM is looking for a secular formation.

Asaduddin Owaisi who rejected rumors of any alliance with Samajwadi Party had ruled out collision BJP and Congress as well. However, he has maintained a conspicuous silence over an alliance with BSP. According to the sources, AIMIM is in the process of identifying “winnable Muslim and Dalit” seats. Despite opposition by local Muslims, the party had fielded a Dalit candidate, Pradeep Kori, from Bikapur assembly seat in the by-election early this year.

Ahead of the polls, each party is looking win the hearts of Muslim Dalit community. SP has been in talks with a tie-up with the Quami Ekta Dal – an outfit headed by leader Mukhtar Ansari.


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