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Maha cancels registration of MIM and 191 other parties

Mumbai: Maharashtra State Election Commission has cancelled the registration of 191 local and regional political parties including Asaduddin Owaisi’s Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and former IAS officer Khobragade’s Republication Party of India. The reason for the cancellation of registration of these parties is non-submission of details of their income and expenditure accounts and income-tax returns. According to State Election Commissioner, all these (political) parties were directed to submit all necessary documents and information about income & expenditure, audited income tax returns etc. After non receipt of these documents, several reminders also were sent to them but even after that when these parties did not submit their accounts or details of the required information, their registrations were cancelled. The Election Commissioner, J. S. Saharia said that if these parties want to take part in municipal elections, they will have to get themselves registered again. He further said that presently 359 parties are registered with the State Election Commission of which 71 parties have been given full recognition. Though cancellation of registration is a big jolt to MIM which was preparing to take part in the February 2017’s municipal elections, party’s MLA and spokesman, Imteyaz Jalil said that his party respects State Election Commission's action but will make an appeal to it for reconsideration of its decision. He said that all the required documents and information will be submitted to it with the request to restore its registration. It may be stated in this connection that in the last Maharashtra Assembly election held about two years ago, two members of this party (MIM) were elected MLAs. After getting two seats in the state Assembly, it wanted to extend its presence in the state by contesting municipal elections but with the cancellation of its registration, it cannot take part in February next year’s municipal election unless the Election Commission restores its registration after its appeal.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2016 on page no. 14

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