Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Azmi is desperate to win at least one seat in the October 13 Assembly polls. So he is contesting from two.
Azmi, the richest candidate in the state with assets worth Rs 116 crore, is the only candidate contesting from two Assembly seats — Mankhurd-Shivaji Nagar and Bhiwandi — simultaneously.
Azmi (54), the party’s state president, has more hopes from the Bhiwandi East seat than from Mankhurd-Shivaji Nagar constituency.
Both seats are Muslim dominated. Forty-eight per cent of the 2.5 lakh people from Mankhurd area belong to the minority community.
Mumbai Suburban Collector Vishwas Patil said that if Azmi wins from both seats he would have to choose between the two.
Azmi, an Arts graduate from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, divides his campaign time between both constituencies. “We have our hopes pinned on Bhiwandi, not only because the constituency is Muslim dominated but also because we have our traditional voters in Bhiwandi,” said SP spokesperson Qadir Chowdhary.