Mumbai, Feb 13: Campaigning for All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) ahead of the civic poll for BMC, India’s richest Municipality, AIMIM vice president Akbaruddin Owaisi blamed Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for using Muslims as a ‘vote bank’ and also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of demonetisation stating that the move did no good for the country.Also Read - Kejriwal Govt Urges Centre to Confer Bharat Ratna on Environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna
Congress-NCP responsible for beef ban
Addressing a public meeting in Mumba Devi on Sunday, Akbaruddin Owaisi blamed Congress-NCP government for the poor condition of Muslims in Maharashtra. Owaisi stated that the Congress-NCP government has been using Muslim population of the state just as a vote bank and also blamed them for the beef ban in the state. The party floor leader stated that ” The Congress and NCP just to gain Muslim votes are now opposing the beef ban move of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But the alliance government of Congress-NCP had passed the bill in the assembly 12 years ago and they are now just blaming BJP for it.” Also Read - PM KISAN Samman Nidhi Yojana: Modi Govt Takes Big Decision, Issues Guidelines To Reprocess Failed Transactions For Beneficiaries
Poor condition of Muslims in the state
Blaming all the regional parties responsible for the poor state of Muslim population, Owaisi said “In every 100 boys graduating in the state only 2.14 percent boys are Muslims, in every 100 girls graduated, 1.4 percent girls belong to the Muslim community. The dropout percentage of our community in the state is 54 percent and under the Congress-NCP government, there have been 1192 riots in the state and have also arrested 200 of our kids in false case of terrorism.” Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Mamata to Meet Sonia Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal Tomorrow
“Our population is more than 12 percent but we have less than 4 percent Muslims in Government organisation and we don’t have even 1 percent of Muslims as IAS, IPS, IRS. In every 100 prisoners in Maharashtra, 36 are Muslims,” he further added.
Owaisi said that the political parties of the state have not provided justice to Muslims or else AIMIM wouldn’t have been successful in Maharashtra. (Also Read: Owaisi brothers start campaigning in poll-bound state, make Congress jittery)
‘Vinash’ instead of ‘Vikas’
Attacking BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Owaisi said that instead of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’, PM Modi is doing ‘Sabka Vinash’ (Destroying everyone). Claiming demonetisation as a failed move by the prime minister Owaisi said, “Demonetisation did no good to the country. It led to a decrease in the industrial growth, farming sector, employment got reduced.”
He further added that Prime Minister is a better actor than most of the Bollywood actors and said that issues like love jihad and ghar wapasi are issues just to divert the attention of the masses from the real issues. ” Soldiers are dying in the borders and Modi is shaking hands with Nawaz Sharif” he added.
The AIMIM, which is known for campaigning on hard-line issues, had earlier notched up impressive wins in some pockets of Vidarbha, Marathwada and north Maharashtra in the municipal council polls. For the upcoming BMC elections, AIMIM is contesting in 62 seats out of the 227 seats and the party is confident of winning maximum seats in the civic polls.