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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen
کل هند مجلس اتحاد المسلمين
Abbreviation AIMIM
Leader Asaduddin Owaisi
Chairperson Asaduddin Owaisi
Lok Sabha leader Asaduddin Owaisi
Founder Nawab Mahmood Nawaz Khan
Founded 12 November 1927
Headquarters Darussalam, Aghapura, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Newspaper Etemaad Daily (Urdu)
Ideology Protection of rights of Muslims, Dalits, BCs [1]
ECI Status State Party [2]
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Election symbol
Asaduddin Owais

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen or AIMIM translation: (All India Council of the Union of Muslims) is a recognized state political party based in the Indian state of Telangana, with its head office in the old city of Hyderabad, which has its roots in the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen founded in 1927 in the Hyderabad State of British India.[3][4][5][6] AIMIM has held the Lok Sabha seat for the Hyderabad constituency since 1984. In the 2014 Telangana Legislative Assembly elections, the AIMIM won seven seats and received recognition as a `state party' by the Election Commission of India.[2][7] The AIMIM was initially a city-based party, with influence only in Old Hyderabad, but the party won two seats in the 2014 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election[8][9] and emerged as the second largest party in the Aurangabad municipal elections.[10] The party president and member of parliament Asaduddin Owaisi received the Sansad Ratna Award for 2014. The party has long been seen as a political representation of Muslims in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and now Telangana.[4][11]


Main article: Kasim Razvi
Late Qaaid-e-Millat Nawab Bahadur Yar Jung

The party has roots back to the days of the princely State of Hyderabad. It was founded and shaped by Nawab Mahmood Nawaz Khan Qiledar of Hyderabad State with the advice of Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, the Nizam of Hyderabad and in the presence of Ulma-e-Mashaeqeen in 1927 as a pro-Nizam party. Then it was only Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and the first meeting was held in the house of Nawab Mahmood Nawaz Khan on November 12, 1927. The MIM advocated the set up of a Muslim dominion rather than integration with India.[12][13][14] In 1938 Bahadur Yar Jung was elected President of the MIM which had a cultural and religious manifesto. It soon acquired political complexion and became aligned with the Muslim League in British India.[citation needed] After the death of Bahadur Yar Jang in 1944, Qasim Rizvi was elected as the leader.[15]

The Razakars (volunteers), a Muslim paramilitary organization aimed at resisting merger with India, was linked to the MIM. In total up to 150,000 Razakar soldiers were mobilized to fight against the Indian Union and for the independence of the Hyderabad State against Indian integration. After the integration of the Hyderabad state with India, the MIM was banned in 1948. Qasim Rizvi was jailed from 1948 to 1957, and was released on the condition that he would go to Pakistan where he was granted an asylum.[16]

Before leaving, Qasim Rizvi handed over the responsibility of whatever remained of the Ittehadul Muslimeen, to Abdul Wahid Owaisi,a lawyer. Abdul Wahed Owaisi restructured the Party and Organised it into All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen.[17][18] After Abdul Wahed Owaisi, his son Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi took control of AIMIM in 1975 and was referred to as Salar E Millat (commander of the community).[19][20][21]

Party vision and mission[edit]

The All India Majlis Ittehad ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is a political party dedicated to protect and advance the rights of Muslims, Dalits, BCs, minorities, and all other underprivileged communities in India. It bears true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India. It strongly believes in the nation’s secular democracy and strives to protect and enhance its quality by effective representation from local municipal councils to the parliament.[22]

AIMIM in Indian politics[edit]

Abdul Wahid Owaisi - Revived AIMIM in 1958
Late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi emerged as a supremo of AIMIM

In 1960, AIMIM won the Mallepally ward of Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. In 1962, Salahuddin won from Patharghatti assembly seat as an Independent candidate and later from Charminar constituency in 1967. In 1972, he won from Yakutpura and later in 1978, again from Charminar.[citation needed]

In 1984 AIMIM emerged victorious in the Hyderabad Lok Sabha Seat and Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi represented Hyderabad till 2004. Since then, Salahuddin's elder son Asaduddin Owaisi represents the seat of Hyderabad.[23][24][25] Mohammad Majid Hussain of the AIMIM was unanimously elected as the Mayor of Greater Hyderabad on January 2, 2012.[26]

AIMIM was once reduced to one Assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh in 1994.[27] On 12 November 2012, Asaduddin Owaisi announced the withdrawal of support to the UPA government citing communal policies of the current congress led government.[28][29] All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen was then supporting Congress, both at Centre and at state level in Andhra Pradesh.[30][31][32]

In the Hyderabad Municipality election of 2009, AIMIM won 43 out of 150 seats in the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad[33] and appointed the current Mayor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Mohammad Majid Hussain.[34] Party president Asaduddin Owaisi won the Sansad Ratna award for his outstanding performance in lok Sabha.[35]

AIMIM made its entry into Maharashtra state by winning 13 seats in Nanded-Waghala city municipal council polls held on October 2012.[36] AIMIM made its entry into Karnataka state by winning 6 seats in Karnataka local body elections held in March 2013.[37] In the 2014 elections, AIMIM contested in 35 MLA (20 in Telangana and 15 in Seemandhra) and 6 MP seats in undivided Andhra Pradesh, but was not able to win any extra seats and won the same seven Assembly seats and one lone Lok Sabha seat in Old Hyderabad city.[38]

In the 2014 elections, in its efforts to win a majority of divisions in the Nizamabad comprising a sizeable Muslim population and also the urban Assembly seat, the MIM this time focused its attention on the constituency giving it the second priority after the state capital, Hyderabad.[39] MIM won 16 divisions, as much as the Congress, of the total 50 in Nizamabad City Municipal Corporation.[40] However they lost the assembly seat to TRS.[41] Later on, MIM made an alliance with TRS for sharing posts in Nizamabad. MIM also secured the Bhainsa municipality by winning 12 wards after a gap of 10 years.[42] The party has for the first time opened its account in Seemandhra by securing five wards of Adoni municipality in Kurnool district.[40]

Non-Muslim candidates for AIMIM[edit]

The Party has fielded Hindus in various assembly and local body elections.[43][44][45][46][47] The AIMIM selected Alampally Pochiah as its First Mayor in the City.[48] MIM had three Hindu Hyderabad mayors- K. Prakash Rao, A. Satyanarayana and Alampalli Pochaiah.[49] A Muralidhar Reddy, Hindu candidate being fielded for an assembly seat by Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen from Rajendranagar constituency, though he lost the election.[50]

Interestingly in 2013 local elections party fielded a woman candidate from Hindu OBC, V.Bhanumathi, who won election against Hajira Sultana from congress by 1282 votes.[51]

Election history[edit]

Lok Sabha[edit]

Year Seats Contested Seats Won Vote Share Seat change
1989 89+ 1 NA Steady0
1991 1 1 0.17%
1996 4 1 0.10%
1998 1 1 0.13% Steady0
1999 1 1 0.12% Steady0
2005 2 1 0.11% Steady0
2009 2 1 0.73% Steady0
2014 5 1 1.4% Steady0


Andhra Pradesh Assembly[edit]

Year Seats Contested Seats Won Vote Share Seat change
1989 5 4 1.99% -
1994 5 1 0.70% Decrease3
1999 5 4 1.08% Increase3
2004 7 4 1.05% Steady0
2009 20 7 0.83% Increase3
2014 15 0 NA NA


Telangana Assembly[edit]

Year Seats Contested Seats Won Vote Share Seat change
2014 20 7 3.8% -

AIMIM gets Telangana state party recognition – [52]

Maharashtra Assembly[edit]

Year Seats Contested Seats Won Vote Share Seat change
2014 24 2 0.9% NA


Municipal elections[edit]

The AIMIM won 11 seats in the 81-member Nanded Municipal Corporation elections in 2012. In April 2015, it emerged as the second largest party in the Aurangabad Municipal elections, with 26 seats in a 113-member Municipal Council. It contested 54 seats and won more than half of them.[10][54]

Bihar Assembly[edit]

AIMIM contested 6 seats in Seemanchal region in Bihar Legislative Assembly election, 2015 but didn't manage to win any of them.[55][56][57]

Tamil Nadu assembly[edit]

AIMIM contested on 2 seats in Tamil Nadu- Vaniyambadi in Vellore district and Krishnagiri in Krishnagiri district but didn't manage to win any of them.[58][59][60]


In 2007, elected and serving members of the party made threats against Tasleema Nasreen,[61] pledging that the fatwas against her and Salman Rushdie were to be abided by.[62] While she was in Hyderabad releasing Telugu translations of her work, she was attacked by party members led by three MLAs - Mohammed Muqtada Khan, Mohammed Moazzam Khan and Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri - who were then charged and arrested.[63][64][65][66]

AIMIM party leaders have repeatedly made controversial statements while addressing the public; senior party leader Akbaruddin Owaisi was arrested and charged several times for incitement to violence and spreading religious hatred. This pattern of identity politics was also evident starting from Akbaruddin's grandfather, Maulana Abdul Wahed Owaisi, who was arrested in 1958 for inflammatory speeches.[67] In January 2013, AIMIM Floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi was arrested for sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against India, and creating enmity between communities and for his speeches in Nizamabad and Nirmal.[68][69] Current leader Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbarruddin was also booked for charges related to manhandling the Medak district collector in 2005.[70][71] Some of MIM MLAs have also been booked for hate speeches.[72][73][74]

Charminar MLA Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri has cases registered against him for making hate speeches against Mahatma Gandhi.[72][73][75][76][77]

On 16 March 2016, Waris Pathan, an AIMIM MLA in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, was unanimously suspended on charges of disrespecting the country for his refusal to recite Bharat Mata Ki Jai when asked to do so in the Maharashtra State Assembly by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ram Kadam. He later said, "I love my country. I was born here and I will die here. I can never dream of insulting my country. Don’t judge anyone’s love for the country by just one slogan." He said he was quite happy to chant Jai Hind, Jai Bharat and Jai Maharashtra.[78][79]

Other work[edit]

AIMIM announced relief worth 78.75 lakh for Uttarakhand flood victims in 2013.[80][81]

AIMIM donated over Rs. 4 crores aid to the flood affected victims of Chennai in December 2015.[82]


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