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Welfare Party to contest 22 Lok Sabha seats in [Maharashtra] state - TNN - The Times of India, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA

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Welfare Party to contest 22 Lok Sabha seats in [Maharashtra] state

TNN Feb 5, 2014, 04.50AM IST

AURANGABAD: The Welfare Party of India, which is the political wing of the Jamat-e-Islami Hind, will contest 22 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.
Party secretary Zaheer Siddiqui said that the party has also opened the option of supporting secular party candidates.

"The party's state executive recently held a meeting at Aurangabad. The decision was taken here to field party candidates in at least 22 seats, including those reserved for the SC and ST categories," Siddiqui added. 

The seats that the party has decided to contest include two Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai, apart from Aurangabad, Parbhani, Nanded, Dhule, Malegaon, Nasik, Bhivandi and Akola.

The party's vice president Shaikh Masood said that the party has already started considering potential candidates. 

"We have also decided to form an alliance with secular parties and extend support to their candidates. A state unit board has been formed to look into the electoral alliance. The board members include Zahiruddin Siddiqui, B R Gawande, Hafiz Iqbal Ansari and Ifteqar Zaki. They will meet members of other political parties and submit a report to the state executive within a fortnight. The future course of action will be decided after that," Masood said.

Masood added that Colonel Durwesh Nehri, a retired army officer, who joined the party recently was appointed the party's state unit vice president at the meeting.

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