Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi calling him a ‘janeudhari’, saying that the latter who lives in palaces cannot understand the pain of the people of Telangana.
Calling the Congress and its ally TDP in the poll-bound state as “pocket-maar” (pickpockets), Owaisi said that Gandhi comes to Telangana as a tourist and alleged that his party workers distributed Rs 100 to the people.
“Rahul Gandhi comes here as tourist and Rs 100 distributed by his party members. I want to say you keep your Rs 100 and Dog’s urine. We don’t need it,” the AIMIM chief said.
Owaisi’s attack on Gandhi came a day after he launched a scathing attack on former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, calling him a “ghulam” (slave) of the Congress party.
“I want to tell Ghulam Nabi Azad that there is a difference between him and me in implementing and talking about issues. But your problem is, while your name is Ghulam Nabi, you have been serving as a Ghulam (slave) to the Congress party your entire lifetime,” he said on Thursday.
Few days back, Owaisi had alleged that he was offered Rs 25 lakh to not hold a party meeting in Telangana’s Nirmal. He added that he has an audio recording of the offer and there was no way it could be denied.
Owaisi has been critical of the Congress party and its electoral tactics while the Congress has on several occasions dubbed AIMIM chief and the party itself as the “B-team” of the BJP, a charge ridiculed by the BJP.
Attacking Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Owaisi had earlier said, “When Gujarat was burning, Naidu was sailing with the then Prime Minister Vajpayee. Now, because he wants to protect his ownm future, he has distanced himself from Modi.”
Naidu, who shared the dais with Gandhi in a couple of meetings Wednesday as part of a poll campaign for People’s Front candidates in the state, said there was a democratic compulsion for non-BJP parties to come on a single platform.
The Congress had roped in the TDP, CPI and M Kodandaram-led Telangana Jana Samithi to form the People’s Front to take on the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti in the December 7 Assembly polls.