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Asaduddin Owaisi tears into PM Modi over Gujarat riots, Akshardham terror attack
Thursday June 12, 2014 11:52 PM, Staff Reporter

Hyderabad Member of Parliament and president of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi Wednesday tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Gujarat riots and Aksharham terror attack, and asked if he would apologise to innocent Muslims who languished in jail for years for no fault of theirs.

Asad Owaisi in Parliament

"Will the Prime Minister, who was then the Home Minister of Gujarat, apologise to the innocent Muslims who were wrongly arrested in Akshardham terror case and spent more than 11 yrs in jail for no faults of theirs", Owaisi said while participating in the debate on President's address to the joint parliamentary session.

In a high pitch seven and half minute speech, Asaduddin Owaisi sought justice for the innocent victims who were killed in police encounters and Gujarat riots.

"I stand before you as the son of Ehsan Jafri. I stand before you as the brother of Ishrat Jahan. I stand before you as the uncle of Sadiq. I stand before you as the voice of countless poor and voiceless people affected by Gujarat genocide and I want justice to be done to those poor souls", Owaisi said eve as MPs treasury benches tried to shout him down.

Referring to Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah's remarks made a day after the government formation, Owaisi asked Prime Minister Modi to explain to the house the stand of his government vis-à-vis minorities.

"You talk about making the minorities equal partner in this country. How? Your own minister on the very first day of the government formation says Muslims are not minorities. Am I supposed to believe that the minority ministry has been created for 80,000 Parsis only? That cannot be the case", he said.

Stating that Article 29 & 30 of the constitution has clearly defined linguistic and religious minorities and have given them rights, Owaisi asked Modi to explain to the house his stand over Sikhs and Buddhists who have also been defined as minorities.

Criticising Ram Vilas Paswan who while participating in the debate said people should stop from harping about Godhra riots, Owaisi said, "Jisme insaniyat hai woh in waqeat ko yaad rakhe ga... Jisme insaniyat hai woh in katilon ko kabhi maaf nahi karega."

He also said that the way things appear today the day was not far when Nathuram Godse, the man who had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi would be awarded 'Veer Chakra'.

"There are four incidents which shook the foundation of this country. Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, murder and Genocide of Sikhs and Dalits, destruction of Babri Masjid and 2002 Gujarat riots.

"If that is the case, then the day is not far when this august house will give, if not Bharat Ratna, Veer Chakra to Nathuram Godse", he said.

Commenting on BJP's landslide victory in the 2014 General Election, Owaisi said, "I want to congratulate the honourable prime minister for breaking the myth of Muslim vote bank."

But at the same time he added, "But there is a Hindu vote bank which people don't want to talk about. What you have done in process. You consolidated the Hindu votes in your favour. I congratulate you for this", he said.

Protesting BJP members tried to shout down but unperturbed by vociferously protest, Owaisi noted there are very few Muslim representatives from BJP in the Lok Sabha.

"Where is the pluralism and diversity?" he asked and demanded that the Prime Minister make it clear what he proposed to do for the minorities.

Owaisi also mentioned the issue of murder of a young techie in Pune, saying, "I want justice to be done to the poor souls."


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