A video of AIMIM chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi making a communally inciteful 'Muslim-Mukt Bharat' remark against the BJP at a Hyderabad rally has surfaced.
In the video, recorded on Wednesday night, Owaisi is issuing a characteristically fiery speech, where he accuses the BJP of attempting to make India devoid of Muslims and minorities.
"You (BJP) don't want India to be free of Majlis (how Owaisi refers to his AIMIM party). In fact, you want India to be free of Muslims," Owaisi begins. He continues, "You don't want India to be free of Congress but you want to do alienation of the Muslims. But the Muslim minorities have the right to stay here according to the Indian Constitution."
Owaisi then reveals that he is fully aware of the import of his statements but attempts to wash his hands off any ensuing controversy by adding as a post-script, "Now wait till tomorrow, this will be running on TV channels saying Owaisi has provoked something"
The remark by the AIMIM chief follows a number of others that have been made, particularly by Congress leaders, towards accusing the BJP and RSS of extreme intentions. In London, Rahul Gandhi had equated the RSS to the Muslim Brotherhood, while Shashi Tharoor has said that if the BJP come into power in 2019 they would create a Hindu Pakistan.
Watch what Asaduddin Owaisi said in the video above.
Responding to Owaisi's attack, allegedly directed towards Amit Shah, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said:
"It is most unfortunate that people like Owaisi who thrive on hatemongering and spreading venom are making such comments to divide our country which is progressing on the path of development being led by PM Modi."
'Sabka saath sabka vikas' is the mantra for the BJP. AIMIM has been making divisive statements. The party name also talks about only one religion and statements also cater only to Muslim community. I would only say that Mr Owaisi only make responsible statements, spread love after the Diwali festival, not hatred. He's also irrelevant in Indian politics. He's only relevant when he makes such divisive statements."