While the sitting MLA Mufti Mohammed Ismail, the Chief Imam of city's Jama mosque, joined sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, Congress declared Shaikh Asif, city's former Mayor, as its candidate. The war, for each one's political survival became tough soon after Abdul Malik Isa Shaikh, a former mayor, was announced an assembly ticket by the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).
Through there are over a dozen candidates contesting the election, the fight is going to take place among Ismail, Asif and Shaikh. Malegaon, which has around 1.75 lakh voters, will be using its right to franchise on October 15.
September 30, 2014