Mumbai: Hyderabad-based leader Asaduddin Owaisi's party the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has been barred from contesting civic body elections in Mumbai as it has been derecognized as a political party in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra's election commission said the reason for the decision is that MIM did not submit relevant documents for its registration.
"We issued several notices requesting them to submit income tax returns and their audit reports. But they did not submit them. That is why the party has been derecognized," a spokesperson of the committee said, reports NDTV.
Along with MIM, 191 other political parties have also been derecognized.
Imtiaz Jaleel, the party's Aurangabad lawmaker, said, "This is simply shocking. We have submitted income tax returns for the past three years and all other relevant documents. We suspect there was political pressure."
The decision comes as a big blow to Owaisi's MIM as it cannot contest local body elections in Maharashtra, including panchayat and civic body polls.