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Don’t need lessons on patriotism: Akbaruddin Owaisi to Modi
Sunday September 21, 2014 8:45 PM, Staff Reporter

In a direct reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s now famous comments about Indian Muslims’ alleged link with terrorism, senior leader of Hyderabad based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Telangana legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi Saturday said Muslims did not need certificate of patriotism from any one.

Akbar Owaisi in Jogeshwari

“Their words don’t match their actions. Indian Muslims are well aware of their intentions”, Owaisi said while addressing a huge rally in Jogeshwari in Mumbai suburbs on Saturday.

“We don’t need anybody’s certificate to prove our patriotism”, he said amid huge applause.
Akbaruddin Owaisi was camping in Mumbai for the last two days to campaign for the October 15 assembly elections.

He also said a Muslim enjoys the same rights in the country as that of Modi.

“Deliberate attempts are being made to vitiate the atmosphere ever since Modi Government came to power”, he claimed citing ‘Love Jihad’ and other hate campaigns by Sangh outfits.

Criticising the Cong-NCP ruling alliance in Maharashtra, Owaisi said that Muslims were deliberately being ignored in the state.

“There are 1.5 crore Muslims living in Maharashtra. But, the state has sanctioned 500 crore rupees for them. In Telangana, Muslim population is just 40 lakhs. Still, budget for Muslims in Telangana is 1000 crore”, he said.

Urging the Muslims to rise above narrow sectarian considerations, Owaisi said, “Until we are a united force, political parties will continue our exploitation.”

Earlier, Owaisi was booked by the Mumbai police for addressing a public meeting without permission.

Owaisi visited the Arab Masjid in Agripada on Friday. Some of his party activists then approached the Agripada police station to seek permission to hold a public meeting and procession, but were denied saying any such permission has to be sought a minimum of 48 hours before the event, according to the Bombay Police Act, sources said.

A senior police officer said, “He not only met them but later carried out a procession with nearly 300 people from the Arab mosque to the Lucky garden. His followers and supporters raised slogans and jammed traffic movement.”

He added, “We have booked him under section 37 (1) (3) of the Bombay Police Act and will investigate the matter further.

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