New Delhi: In more trouble for AIMIM leader Waris Pathan, an FIR has been filed against him for his ‘hate speech’ at an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally in Karnataka on February 15. The FIR was registered after a complaint against Pathan has bee filed by a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) worker in Kalaburagi. Also Read - AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan Apologises For Chanting 'Ganpati Bappa Morya'
Pathan, a former MLA from Mumbai’s Byculla, has been booked under sections 117 (abetting commission of an offence by the public), 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Also Read - Shiv Sena demands "permanent suspension" of AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan
The AIMIM leader, a regular representative of the party in TV debates, has come under fire for stating that ‘only 15 crore Muslims are enough to dominate 15 crore Hindus.’ Also Read - Waris Pathan's suspension from Maharashtra Assembly will set wrong precedent: Asaduddin Owaisi
“You will have to snatch freedom if they (the government) don’t give it to you when you ask for it. Only, the lionesses are protesting right now and you are already sweating,” he said, referring to the women protesting against the CAA at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.
“Imagine what would happen if all of us come out on the roads. There are just 15 crore of us (Muslims) and yet we are dominating 100 crore (Hindus),” he had further said, triggering massive cheers from the crowd. Notably, AIMIM chief Aasaduddin Owaisi, too, was on the stage when Pathan made this remark but didn’t intervene.
However, Imtiyaz Jameel, the party’s Maharashtra unit chief and Aurangabad Lok Sabha MP, Imtiyaz Jaleel, has remarked that the party doesn’t support Pathan’s remarks and will seek an explanation from him even as Pathan has said that his comment was ‘taken out of context.’
Notably, this is not his first brush with controversy. In 2016, he was suspended from the Maharashtra Assembly for refusing to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai.’ Then, in September 2018, he apologised after his party pulled him up for chanting ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.