The Charminar assembly constituency in the undivided Hyderabad district was home to the MIM party since 1967, winning the seat for a record 11 times. Current MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi was for the first time in 1994 elected as an MLA from the constituency. His father and party founder, Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi represented the constituency several times.
The party's Ahmed Bin Pasha Quadri represented the Charminar constituency since 1999, however, the party decided to swap his constituency with former Yakutpura MLA Mumtaz Ahmed Khan for the upcoming elections. Although the 2,00,414 strong electorate will in all likelihood re-elect the MIM despite change in candidate, the Congress hopes to gain a hold of the constituency, where the TDP candidates in the past consistently secured 20,000 to 30,000 in the last four elections. However, with the Congress ranged against the MIM and Owaisi throwing his weight behind the TRS, it unlikely that the Mahakutami would make any dent in the voter base of the AIMIM.
In the upcoming elections, Charminar corporator Mohammed Ghouse was nominated for the assembly polls by the Congress. Will the TDP's vote bank add to Ghouse's tally is an interesting aspect that remains to be seen.
On the other side, the ruling TRS party fielded Mohammed Salahuddin Lodi against Mumtaz Khan for a friendly contest. BJP's T Umamhendra and BLF's Shaik Ismail will test their luck on December 7.
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