MIM can still save its recognition in Maharashtra State

AIMIM will have to file an application to the State Election Commission to be listed as recognised political party in the State.

Mumbai: Though the State Election Commission (SEC) has de-registered All India Majilis-e-Ittehad-Ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) as a political party, a senior official from the SEC said that party candidates would be able to contest MCGM election on the official party symbol if the party submits relevant documents to the commission.

The official who is not an authorised spokesperson of the SEC said that MIM would get back its official identity for the elections that are due early next year if it submits the documents.

The Commission on Wednesday had deregistered MIM along with other 190 parties as they failed to submit Income Tax returns within a stipulated time.

“We have given several reminders to the party, but they did not respond. They can challenge our decision. But, that would be a waste of time as the it has been mentioned in Election Commission’s rules that political party has to file income tax returns regularly,” the official said.

The official also said that though the party is deregistered, they can contest election and propagate the name of their party during campaign, only the candidates would be considered to be ‘independent’  and they would have no right over their official party symbol.

The official said that the AIMIM will have to file an application to the State Election Commission to be listed as recognised political party in the state. The party is already recognised in Andhra Pradesh and it has official party symbol of kite.

“If the party submits financial documents, the commission will consider their application and they could get recognition in the state. Their demand to freeze the party symbol too can be considered,” the official said. Party MLA Adv Waris Pathan welcomed the view of the SEC and added that the party will soon meet and decide on what to do next.

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