New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday attacked All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi and said that if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes to power in Telangana the latter will have to flee from the state.

“If BJP comes to power I assure you Owaisi will have to flee from Telangana, the same way Nizam was forced to flee from Hyderabad,” the UP CM said, while addressing a rally in Hyderabad.

Yogi and Owaisi were at loggerheads for quite sometime over the former’s ‘Ali-Bajrang Bali’ controversial comment. “I was reading a statement of senior Congress leader Kamal Nath. He said they don’t need SC, ST votes. They need just the votes of Muslims. You keep your Ali, for us Bajrang Bali will be enough,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister had said, while addressing an election rally in Bhopal. Ali, a cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, is venerated by Muslims.

Notably, Adityanath was targeting Congress leader Kamal Nath over a leaked video of his meeting with Muslim leaders where he was seen asking them to ensure 90 per cent of electors from the community voted for the party.

Owaisi said Adityanath’s comment was an “insult” to Muslims. The Hyderabad MP also wanted to know who gave Adityanath the authority to make such a statement. “The UP chief minister crossed all limits at a rally in Madhya Pradesh. ‘Aap Ali ko rakh lo….Hamare liye Bajrang Bali kafi hain’. It is unfortunate that nobody condemned his statement.

“Certainly, you can follow Bajrang Bali, no one will object to it. Ali is the custodian of the whole universe. Ali is ours and will remain ours. Is there no permission in this country to follow Ali and to take his name?” the AIMIM chief told an election rally.