Qasim Rizwi

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (meaning 'All India Council of United Muslims', name in کل ہند مجلس اتحاد المسلمين, Kul Hind Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) is a Muslim political party in India. The stronghold of AIMIM is the old city of Hyderabad. In the Lok Sabha elections of 2004 the party won the seat of Hyderabad. The seat has been held by the AIMIM since 1984. In the year 2004 Lok Sabha elections AIMIM received 132807 votes (74,6%) in the Charminar area (i.e. the Muslim old city, one of seven assembly constituencies in the Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency). 1984-2004 the MP of AIMIM was party president Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, but ahead of the 2004 elections Owaisi stepped down in favour of his son Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi.

In the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections of 2004 AIMIM had launched seven candidates, out of whom four got elected.

AIMIM has 36 seats (out of 100) in the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad.

The party has roots back to the days of the princely State of Hyderabad. It was founded by Bahadur Yar Jung and Maulana Abul Hasan Syed Ali in 1927 as a pro-Nizam party. The Majlis advocated the set up of a Muslim dominion rather than integration with India. The Razakars (volunteers), a Muslim paramilitary organization, was linked to the Majlis. In total up to 150 000 Razakar soldiers were mobilized to fight against the communists and for the independence of the Hyderabad State against Indian integration. After the integration of the Hyderabad state with India, the Majlis was banned in 1948. The Majlis president and Razakar leader Qasim Rizwi was jailed 1948-1957, and then deported to Pakistan.

In 1957 the Majlis was reorganized. In the 1970s the Majlis made a political comeback. The AIMIM of today try to distance themselves from the organization of the Nizam days. The constitution of the Majlis today recognize Hyderabad as a part of India, and the name has been changed ("All India" was added) so that there should be no confusion on the position of the Majlis on the national issue.

A break-away group that initially caused much problems for AIMIM during the 1990s is the Majlis Bachao Tehreek led by AIMIM MLA Amanullah Khan.

In the legislative assembly elections in Maharashtra 1999, AIMIM put up one candidate in Nanded who got 1 039 votes (0,61%).

Attack on Taslima Nasreen

On August 9, 2007, Taslima Nasreen was attacked at the Hyderabad Press Club at a launching of her book Shodh in Telugu. Three MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly) of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen were among those who physically attacked her with bouquets, flower pots and chairs, accusing her of 'anti-Muslim' statements. Criminal cases were later initiated against the three AIMIM legislators.

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