Mumbai, Feb 16: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Vice President and party floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in his campaign in Sewri, Mumbai ahead of the BMC Elections 2017 demanded reservation for Muslims in the state and said that employment is the only way to improve the quality of life of Muslims in the state. Owaisi further stated that Muslims of Andhra Pradesh have 4 percent reservation which is the main reason for the improved quality of life in the state.Also Read - UP Elections 2022: AIMIM to Contest on 100 Seats, Alliance Only With OP Rajbhar's Party, Says Owaisi
Attacking other political parties, Owaisi stated that the political parties have used Muslims as vote bank but did nothing for them. Appealing the voter’s vote for AIMIM, Owaisi said that other political parties did not develop Muslims because people belonging to Muslim community do not beg in front of anyone. “Be it Gandhi, Pawar or Modi, Muslims never beg in front of anyone,” he said. Also Read - BSP to Fight UP, Uttarakhand Assembly Polls Alone, Says Mayawati as Reports of Tie-up With AIMIM Emerge
Owaisi further said that AIMIM is in Mumbai with a plan and the party has the motive to develop the poor and to free the ‘innocent’ Muslims jailed in the prison of Maharashtra. He again attacked other political parties of using Muslims just as vote banks and stated “from Nehru to Indira, Lal Bahadur Shastri to Rajiv Gandhi, Muslims supported everyone but no one supported us.” Also Read - Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021: TTV Dhinakaran's AMMK Releases First List Of Candidates
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation policy, Owaisi said that demonetisation did not benefit the government but benefitted private companies like Paytm and other international companies. Attacking prime minister further, Owaisi said that, “In the history of seventy years of independence, Narendra Modi is the worst Prime Minister of the country.”
Owaisi stated that Muslims never vote for the people responsible of Babri Masjid demolition, the fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and he further said that Modi has not done anything for Hindu’s as well. He alleged that BJP killed Akhlaq stating that he ate beef but the same government is responsible for the maximum export of beef.
Attacking Shiv Sena, Owaisi stated that the party is going through the worst period and Sena had to ally with Congress for Raigad elections. Owaisi urged Muslims to be united and stated that if Muslims of Maharashtra get united, the government will be forced to work for the Muslim community of the state.
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.