All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi has claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi won in Wayanad due to 40 per cent population being Muslims. While addressing a public gathering on Sunday, the Hyderabad MP added that he is still optimistic of getting Muslim's place in the country as the community does not want to survive on anyone's alms.
"On 15 August 1947, our elders thought that this will be a new India. That India will be of Azad, Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar and of crores of their followers. I am still hopeful of getting our place in the country. We don't want alms, we don't want to survive on your alms." Owaisi said
"You don't want to leave Congress and other secular parties. But remember they don't have strength, thinking, they don't work hard...Where did BJP lose? In Punjab. Who's there? Sikhs. Why did BJP lose anywhere else in India? Due to regional parties there and not Congress. The Congress leader himself lost in Amethi and received victory in Wayanad. Isn't the 40 per cent population of Wayanad Muslim?" he added.
Gandhi, who netted 7,05,034 votes in Wayanad, won by 4,31,063 votes against his nearest rival PP Suneer of Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the constituency.
Union Minister Smriti Irani wrested Gandhi's family bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. In Kerala, Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) bagged 19 out of the 20 seats.
Rahul Gandhi was on a thanksgiving tour in Wayanad on Saturday during which he launched his first post-election attacked against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said,
"At the national level we're fighting poison. Mr Narendra Modi uses poison, I'm using a strong word but Mr Narendra Modi uses poison of hatred to divide this country. He uses anger and hatred to divide the people of this country."
He added, "My job is to listen to the people of Wayanad, understand their difficultly and work for them, Modi uses the poison of hatred to run his campaign. He uses hatred to divide the people. He uses lies to win the elections. But Congress party has always stood with truth and love. We will continue to fight Narendra Modi and his hate with love," .