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BJP fields record 27 Muslim candidates in Malegaon civic polls

Press Trust of India  |  Malegaon 

Reaching out to the minority community, the has given candidature to as many as 27 Muslims, out of the record 56 nominees it has fielded for the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) polls due next week.

"This is for the first time that the is contesting polls on record 56 seats, out of total 84 seats spread across 21 wards in Malegaon. Out of the 56 candidates as many as 27 are Muslims," a senior local leader said.

Malegaon is a Muslim majority town in Nashik district, where the municipal corporation was established in 2001.

In the first MMC held in 2002, the BJP and had joined hands. While the Sena had won eleven seats, the BJP managed to win only one seat that year.

In the 2007 and 2012 civic polls, the BJP failed to open its account.

For the upcoming elections, the Nationalist Party (NCP), which is currently in power in MMC, has forged a pre-poll alliance with (Secular) in its bid to retain the power.

The Sharad Pawar-led has fielded 52 candidates, while 10 (Secular) candidates are in the fray.

Opposition has fielded a total of 73 candidates, while the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has fielded 35 candidates.

Sitting deputy mayor Yunus Isa, his three sons and two sister-in-laws will contest in the polls on AIMIM tickets.

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 18:33 IST