In response to newly re-elected PM Modi's statements regarding fear among minorities, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, on Sunday said that if the Prime Minister truly believed that then he should stop doing lip service and ensure the protection of Muslims from mob-lynching cow vigilantes, referring to the case of Mohammed Ikhlaq while speaking to ANI.
"If the Prime Minister agrees that the minorities are living in fear, then he should know that the people who were accused of killing Ikhlaq were sitting the front bench of their party's public meeting. Will he stop these mob-lynching gangs who in the name of cows are beating and killing Muslims, taking out video demeaning us (Muslims)?" he said.
He also cryptically compared the cow vigilantes (gaurakshaks) to the mythical demon 'Bhasmasura' who had allegedly had the power of burning people to ash by touching their heads.
"If he seriously believes that Muslim live in fear, I hope, though I am sure that it will not happen, that the BJP and the RSS stop saying that Muslims are appeased. These people (mob-lynchers) have become like Bhasmasura," he added.
Questioning if the Muslim fabric of the various minority universities will be maintained, he also accused the BJP of their hypocrisy alluding to the few Muslim members elected in their own party.
"If they(BJP) think we are in fear, will the PM ensure that the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia will not be disturbed? Can the Prime Minister please tell us out of 300 odd MPs, how many Muslim MPs does he have in its own party, who got elected from Lok Sabha? This is the hypocrisy that the Prime Minister and his party have been practicing in the last five years," he said.
Reacting to PM Modi prostrating in front of the Constitution, the re-elected Hyderabad MP reminded the Prime Minister that 'right to life is for humans, not animals'.
"It is also a fact for the PM to know that this fear factor has increased a lot. If the Prime Minister has prostrated in front of the Constitution, may I remind him that the right to life is for a human, not for an animal. If he understands this, I am sure that the fear will go away. But the BJP does not appreciate such fundamental rights like article 29 and 30, and what the Prime Minister is doing is just lip service," he added.
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unanimously elected leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. Top alliance leaders, including JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal's Parkash Singh Badal, extended their party's support after Modi was elected as the leader of the BJP parliamentary party at first.
The NDA had a thumping victory in the general election, with the BJP winning 303 seats, its highest ever, and its allies 50.