New Delhi: Hours after an FIR was filed against him over his derogatory statement that ’15 crore Muslims are more than a match for the country’s 100 crore Hindus’, AIMIM leader Waris Pathan said that he is withdrawing his remarks. “My statement is being twisted to target and defame me and my party due to a political conspiracy. But, I take back my words if they hurt anyone”, Pathan, who is considered a close aide of Asaduddin Owaisi said. Also Read - '15 Crore Dominating 100 Crore': FIR Against AIMIM Leader Waris Pathan For 'Hate Speech'
The former Byculla MLA, however, refused to apologise for the remarks, which has stoked a huge political storm. Also Read - AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan Apologises For Chanting 'Ganpati Bappa Morya'
Speaking at an anti-CAA protest in Bengaluru, in presence of AIMIM president Owaisi, Pathan had stated that “15 crore (Muslims) will prove stronger than the 100-crore majority.
“They say we have kept our women in the forefront. I want to tell these people — only the lionesses have come out and you are in a cold sweat. You can understand what would happen if all of us come together”, Pathan had said in an apparent reference to Shaheen Bagh protest, where a large number of women, most of them mothers and grandmothers are sitting on a street for over a month now in the longest continuous protest against the amended citizenship legislation.