New Delhi: While senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad faced flak on Thursday for his comment that Hindu leaders didn’t invite him for campaigning, there was some sympathy for him, although sent out obliquely. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said how Azad’s words reflected on the ethos of the Congress. ANI quoted him as saying, “It’s a reflection of his party’s ethos. It’s a clear message on how he feels frustrated and is irrelevant in his party. It’s a clear message to Indian Muslims that we shouldn’t vote for Congress.” Also Read - BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra Hospitalised With COVID-19 Symptoms
Speaking at the Aligarh Muslim University on Wednesday, Azad had said, “Since the days of the Youth Congress, I have been campaigning across the country from Andaman and Nicobar to Lakshadweep. Around 95 per cent of those who used to call me were Hindu brothers and leaders, and just 5 per cent were Muslim brothers,” said Azad while addressing the alumni of Aligarh Muslim University in Lucknow. But in the last four years, I have been observed that the figure of 95 has dropped to just 20 per cent. This means that there is something wrong… Aaj darta hai admi bulane se… iska voter pe kya asar hoga… (Today people are afraid to call me… wondering what effect would I have on the voter),” he added. Also Read - Virat Kohli Should Divorce Anushka Sharma For Making 'Pataal Lok': BJP Minister Nandkishor Gurjar Gets Trolled For Bizarre Remark
While Azad’s outburst was meant to blame the alleged political climate under the BJP-led government, the BJP hit back, saying the simple reason behind fewer people calling the Congress leader for campaigning was the falling stock of the Congress. Party spokesperson Sambit Patra said Azad had invented the Hindu-Muslim angle. “These are not ordinary words. It is an abuse of the country’s secular fabric and Hindus. It is yet another attempt by the Congress to demean and demoralise Hindus,” Patra told reporters. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
He also rejected Azad’s allegation that the BJP is defaming the AMU and targeting Kashmiri students, saying if prayer meetings are held for terrorists then it will be condemned.