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Matchfixing between Cong-NCP and Sena-BJP in Maharashtra: Asaduddin Owaisi
Lambasts Modi for double standard, questions comments made during his Red Fort speech; says the Prime Minister has a Jekyll & Hyde personality
Sunday September 21, 2014 11:18 AM, Staff Writer

President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi while talking to India TV's 'Aap Ki Adalat' program Saturday alleged that the ruling alliance of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have a secret deal with the Shiv Sena and Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) for the October 2014 assembly elections.

Asad Owaisi
[Asad Owaisi also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for some of his comments made during his Red Fort speech. (Photo: Aap Ki Adalat, India TV)]

He said there is a visible understanding between the two alliances ahead of the polls so that no one else have a say in the state politics.

"Matchfixing is going on in Maharashtra between the Shiv Sena-BJP and Congress-NCP. They tell each other: Either you come to power, or we stay in power", Owaisi said in reply to a question posed by host Rajat Sharma.

The program was telecast Saturday and will be re-telecast today on Sunday at 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

"We are however telling the Muslims, there are others like us who will work for you", he added announcing that the AIMIM will contest the Maharashtra elections and campaign against both the Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena-BJP combines.

"Manmohan Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan can claim to be leaders of Muslims, but the fact remains that Muslims alongwith Dalits are at the top in urban-rural poverty figures", he said.

"In the Malegaon blast investigation, the Maharashtra ATS accused Muslim boys of carrying out the blast, while the National Investigation Agency  said, the blast was carried out by Sadhvi Pragya and Col Purohit. Who is correct?", he asked.

Asad Owaisi also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for some of his comments made during his Red Fort speech.

"On August 15 from Red Fort, the PM called for a 10-year moratorium on communal riots. I say, why 10 years, why not 100 years? But what sort of a taskmaster is he, when he says one thing, and his MP Yogi Adityanath says the opposite.

"What kind of a taskmaster is he, when his MP Sakshi Maharaj says all Madarsas are centres of terrorism and the PM's government gives Rs 209 crores to madarsas?

"One of his ministers Menaka Gandhi says, cows and cattle are being slaughtered, and on the other hand his government reduces import duty from 10 pc  to 6 pc on machines for slaughtering animals. You may not agree with me, but this denotes a Jekyll & Hyde personality.

"To say that I am as pure as white, and one should not ask me what my colleagues are saying, I am not responsible for their actions, how can this be?", asked Owaisi.

Owaisi also questioned why PM Modi mentioned "1200 years of foreign rule" during the debate on the President's address to Parliament.

"Does it behove the Prime Minister of India to make such a remark in Parliament that India is free from 1200 years of foreign rule. What do you mean by that?

"We got freedom from  200 years of foreign rule. For 650 years Muslims ruled India. Was it slavery? We all fought the British together, but he is speaking of 1200 years of foreign rule", he said.

Rejecting the allegations that Muslims have any link with terrorism, he said Muslims will remain loyal to the country and criticised those who blame Muslims for one and the other things.

"I told Muslim youths at Makkah Masjid that the right jihad would be to join parliamentary democracy, and work for the eradication of illiteracy and poverty among Muslims, instead of joining ISIS", he said.

"India was, is and shall remain our country, God willing. Those in power should not view themselves as masters of our destiny. They may have got the power, but they should view everybody as one. India is the world's unique country", he said.

"There is no other country where there are so many religions, cultures, festivals and languages. My fight is not against my country, God willing. India's diversity is its strength. Its pluralistic ethos is its soul", he added.

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