AIMIM leader and brother of Asaduddin Owaisi, Akbaruddin Owaisi, repeated his '15 minute' provocative phrase which he had made in 2012 while addressing a crowd on Tuesday. In 2012, he had made a highly controversial statement. He had said in an inflammatory speech, "Remove the police for 15 minutes, we will finish off 100 crore Hindus".
While speaking to a crowd about the recent cases of lynchings against minorities, he said:
"No person from RSS can even touch our hair and remember, remember, the world tries to scare the person who gets scared. And world fears the person who knows how to instill fear why do they hate Akbaruddin Owaisi? Why? A single blow of a blacksmith is equal to a hundred blows of a goldsmith. They (RSS) haven't yet recovered from the '15 minute' blow,'" he said. The leader was talking about the recent lynchings targetting minorities.
The leader is known for his fiery speeches and to make controversial statements. He had also targetted PM Modi ahead of the Lok Sabha elections which took place in April-May 2019. While addressing a public rally in poll-bound Telangana, Akbaruddin Owaisi termed PM Modi as 'chaiwala' and claimed that the AIMIM party has made even the Prime Minister bow down in front of them.
"He is bowing down. He is forced to bow down. This is a Muslim, in front of whom even the 'chaiwala' is forced to bow down. I salute your (Muslims) power. I salute your word of mouth. I salute your blessing that we have made even the Prime Minister bow in front of us. Don't tease us... 'chaiwale'... chai... chai... chaiwale. Don't tease us."
The lynchings in several parts of India against minorities has led to some unforeseen implications. On July 20, lawyer Mahmood Paracha Muslims, Dalits and members of the minority community to apply for licence for guns even if they have to sell their precious jewellery and properties, calling it the need for self-defence. Later, responding to Paracha's appeal, Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, clarified the call for guns for minorities, and said that it for the 'self-defence' of the people. He added that camps for minorities are being organised only to teach them how to fill the forms for arms license.