The Andhra Pradesh assembly on Saturday witnessed a war of words
between Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Akbaruddin Owaisi
when the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader
speaking for the first time after sparking outrage by his alleged
‘hate speech' accused the Congress government in the state of
being communal and intolerant towards opposition.
The Chief Minister however ruled out
the allegations and said neither he nor the state government had
any personal grudge against them, and he never used police for any
Speaking for the first time after
getting bail in a hate speech case registered against him ,
Akbaruddin Owais said
AIMIM leaders especially Owaisi brothers became a soft
target after they decided to withdraw support to the Congress
government in the state.
“Book me in as many cases as you
want, but you cannot bow me down. I won’t bow my head in front of
your chair even if you hang me to death", he said addressing the chief
minister directly in the assembly house.
He alleged that the Congress Government used the
services of an IT company from Mumbai to make his speeches given at Nirmal and Nizamabad town viral on the social media and national
He even claimed that Chief Minister
was aware of the entire 'conspiracy'. He also claimed that he has
the documents to prove his charges on the Congress Government.
“If you think that my speeches were hate mongering, then the best
way to respond to my speeches would be
to implement Sachar committee and Ranganath Mishra commission
recommendations", he said.
Owaisi also criticized Rs.10 billion sanctioned budget for
minorities welfare terming it insufficient and just 0.68% of the
total budget when the minority population in the state is more than
The MIM floor leader also reminded
the government of a case of molestation of a school girl by the
Headmaster. He said since the victim girl belongs to Muslim
community, no action has been taken against the Headmaster for the
last two years. Instead, he alleged that youth who protested
against inaction, were arrested and booked under severe charges.
Akbaruddin Owaisi appealed to the government not to treat the case
as molestation of a Muslim girl and take action by considering it
as molestation of women, whose security and protection is being
debated across the country.
Describing the Congress as a communal party, he said that nearly
50,000 riots took place during Congress regime in which thousands
of Muslims were killed.
Replying to Owaisi’s allegations, Chief Minister said Akbaruddin
Owaisi’s matter of hate speeches are sub-judice hence he cannot
comment on it. However, he said, he never interfered in the
procedure of law, and even in the case of Akbaruddin speeches law
took its own course.
CM also refuted all the allegations of utilizing services of IT
Company to make Akbar’s speeches viral. Reddy also added that he
respects Owaisi brothers and have no personal grudge against them,
and he never used police for any political vendetta.
Ending his reply chief minister Reddy told Owaisi, “Friend I
respect you. But I am sorry, I am not like that. I am not against
"At the same time, I am not scared
of anyone. For me, all are equal, and it's reflected in the policy
of our government," Kiran Kumar said.