All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s recent speech on Sunday caused yet another controversy after he urged Muslims to vote for Muslims only. He added further that the Muslims need to unite, fight together and vote for candidates from their own community.
While addressing a rally in Hyderabad, Oawaisi cited the Hapur lynching incident to stir up religious sentiment, saying Muslims in India have all the ingredients to become a political power in a bid to strengthen secularism and democracy.
“I want to tell you that if you want to keep secularism alive then fight for your rights; become a political power, vote for your (Muslim) candidates. If Muslims become a political power, secularism and democracy will be strengthened,” he said.
A 45-year-old man was hanged to death by a crowd over alleged cow slaughter rumours at Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. A picture of ‘Qasim’ being pulled by a mob in the presence of three policemen had gone widespread all over the social media platform.
“Qasim’s death will make us think. But I am not asking you to shed tears. I beckon your conscience to rise. These people talking about secularism are the biggest dacoits … biggest opportunists. They used Muslims for 70 years, threatened us, forced us to keep quiet,” said Owaisi.
Opening talking about India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the AIMIM chief said, “It is happening under your rule…is this your idea of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas?”
On Friday, Owaisi had tweeted: “Rwanda is coming? Bloody shameful I hope the ‘Political Maulanas’ of ‘Secular Political’ parties wake up & stop preaching about ideas which are finished. This is (New) INDIA HasbunAllah Wa Namal Wakeel, Indian Muslims this is the Time to fight back and SAVE INDIA.”
Owaisi, on Monday, said that both Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress have a strong desire for Hindu. He further added that the Muslims had always been misled by saying ‘you have a vote-bank’.