Slamming Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's 'movie logic' on the economy, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, on Sunday, asked that why only 5 of the 800 movies made only 100 crores while addressing a rally in poll-bound Maharashtra's Jalgaon. Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister using the movie 'PM Narendra Modi', he pointed out the movie's low box office collections. He slammed Prasad's statements saying that it was an insult to the poor and unemployed. He also pointed out that the question was about the Indian economy and GDP.
"When asked about the failing Indian economy by a journalist, India's Information & Broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said 'What are you saying? Three movies brought in Rs. 120 Crores'. Please tell me when 800 films were released last year why only 5 earned more than 100 crores? I wish to ask there was a movie made on Narendra Modi's name too. Why did that flop? How much did that earn? 3- 4 days and out! And Minister says three pictures minted Rs.120 Crores," he said.
He added, "This is like saying that if people are queuing outside a public toilet, no one is hungry as everyone is going to toilet. Is this possible? There are no jobs. You are ridiculing the poor and the deprived, Minister." He also slammed the Triple Talaq law calling it 'unfair towards Muslim women'. He also demanded that reservation should be extended towards poor Muslims too in Maharashtra, similar to the Maratha reservation. He added, " BJP forgets about justice when it comes to the word 'Muslim'."
Earlier on Saturday, Prasad stated a bizarre fact while dismissing reports of an economic slowdown in India, quoting box office collections in a day, at a press briefing in Mumbai. Quoting trade analyst Komal Nahta, he claimed that movies - War, Joker and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy had amassed a combined collection of Rs. 120 Crores on October 2. Pointing out the dissimilarities, he questioned how India could be in a slowdown when such returns were witnessed by Bollywood. He has since then withdrawn his remark.
Maharashtra which has 288 Assembly seats will go to polls in 21 October 2019. Maharashtra assembly elections will be held in a single-phase and the counting procedure would be conducted on October 24. Shiv Sena will contest for polls from 124 constituencies, the BJP will contest from 150 and its allies will contest from 14 constituencies. Meanwhile, Congress in alliance with Sharad Pawar's NCP, have decided to contest 125 seats each in the 288-member assembly, leaving the remaining 38 seats for its allies. Currently, the BJP holds 122 seats while the Shiv Sena holds 63 seats and the Opposition held by UPA has 42 seats.