Mumbai, February 1: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and Telangana MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi on Sunday promised to his voters saying that if his party wins in Mumbai, it will sell 20 litres of mineral water for Rs 1 and a plate of food for Rs 5 to Mumbaikars. Akbaruddin Owaisi said that AIMIM had done it in Hyderabad and would replicate it in Mumbai.Also Read - UP Elections 2022: AIMIM to Contest on 100 Seats, Alliance Only With OP Rajbhar's Party, Says Owaisi
Akbaruddin Owaisi, the controversial leader of AIMIM who was earlier booked for hate speech was addressing a public rally at Mohammed Ali Road, Mumbai on Sunday. While addressing the crowd, Owaisi said, “All these years you have backed different parties. Now, give MIM a chance to serve you at the BMC”. Also Read - BSP to Fight UP, Uttarakhand Assembly Polls Alone, Says Mayawati as Reports of Tie-up With AIMIM Emerge
AIMIM officials further added that Byculla legislator Waris Pathan has been assigned for the job as he would buy the water from BMC, set up distillation plants and establish food joints to give food to the poor, for which only Rs 5 will be charged. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021: TTV Dhinakaran's AMMK Releases First List Of Candidates
Waris Pathan was quoted by Times of India where he said, “The poor suffer the most as most of them cannot afford purified water and therefore drink unsafe water and fall ill. We can sell a plate of food for Rs 5 by subsidising it”.
Former Congress leader Nizamuddin Rayeen welcomed the move of AIMIM and vowed to vanquish Congress, NCP and SP. During the public rally, Owaisi said, “If you speak against BJP, your are labelled as anti-national. If you speak against Congress and SP, you are called anti-seculars. But we will not stop from speaking against injustice”.
Nizamuddin Rayeen, a former minority cell leader, whose son Noaman is likely to be nominated from ward 213 (Nagpada-Kamathipura) on an MIM ticket, said Congress had lost its credibility among minorities. Rayeen said, “Congress’ facade of secularism is completely exposed”. The party claims to fight for the rights of minorities but actually, it does not practice what it preaches.
On the other side Congress leaders had that Rayeen wanted a ticket for his son and quit from the party as his request from Congress was rejected.