BJP leader Babul Supriyo whisked a controversy by equating AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to the contentious Islamic televangelist --Zakir Naik on Sunday. The Union Minister's staggering remark was in response to Owaisi's disapproval towards the Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case. Speaking to ANI, Supriyo likened the Hyderabad Parliamentarian to the controversial Islamic hate speaker, whose extradition the government has been persistently pursuing from Malaysia.
"Owaisi is a second Zakir Naik. If he speaks a lot, there is law and order in our country. We'll see when he says something," BJP's Supriyo said in retaliation to AIMIM chief's stand on Ayodhya land dispute verdict.
Owaisi on Tuesday said his party is not in favour of the five acres of land to be allocated for building a mosque under the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya issue as the fight was for a legal right and Babri Masjid. "...I speak for my party, we do not want this 'khairat' (donation or charity). Our fight was for a legal right, for a Babri Masjid. Our fight was not for, to get this piece of land...," he told reporters here. He was asked about the comments of some Muslim leaders that the five-acre land allotted should be given within the 67 acres acquired by the government.
The whole struggle for so many years was not for a piece of land, he said. "...why did we have this patience so much. We went to the court if it was a piece of land we could have accepted it somewhere else. But, from the last 50 years, we have been fighting this case in a court of law with all the patience," he added.
On Saturday when the apex court announced its judgment in the Ayodhya issue, Owaisi had said he personally felt that the offer of the five-acre plot to the Muslim side should be rejected.
A five-judge bench headed by him on November 9 brought the curtains down on the Ayodhya land dispute, which dates back to even before the Supreme Court came into existence in 1950. The Supreme Court pronouncing the historic verdict gave away the disputed land for the construction of the Ram temple and stated that a separate land of 5 acres in Ayodhya would be allotted to the Muslim community.
(With PTI inputs)