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Asaduddin Owaisi's Aurangabad 'Pad-Yatra' receives overwhelming response
Socio-Educational indicator of Muslims in Maharashtra has further gone down in the last 15-years rule of Congress and NCP alliance, says the MIM chief
Wednesday October 1, 2014 0:24 AM, Staff Reporter

Hundreds of people, particularly the youths, chanted slogans 'Asaduddin Owaisi aage-badho..hum tumhare saath hai' and 'Ab ki baar .. sirif MIM', as the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimee (MIM) Chief and Hyderabad MP led a 'Pad-Yatra' (walkathon) for the party candidates Imtiyaz Jaleel and Gangadhar Gade in Aurangabad on Tuesday.

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[Imtiyaz Jaleel with MIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi during the 'Pad-Yatra' on Tuesday September 30, 2014.]

Imtiyaz Jaleel resigned from NDTV as Special Correspondent to contest the election from the Aurangabad-Central seat whereas Gangadhar Gade, former minister and Dalit leader, has filed his nomination papers from the Aurangabad-West seat.

Owaisi's 'Pad-Yatra' began from Begumpura area in Aurangabad -Central assembly constituency at around 09:00 in the morning, and covered more than 50% of the constituency in about 08-hour long walk which ended at around 07:00 p.m. in the evening.

The 'Pad-Yatra' halted for about two hours at around 01:00 p.m. for prayers and lunch.

"We haven't seen such a huge rally in the recent past. People were walking despite intense heat", said Abdul Hai, an activist.

Holding the microphone in his hand, Asaduddin Owaisi walked and stopped occasionally to address the bystanders and women, who were greeting the 'Pad-Yatra' from their balconies.

Owaisi, known for his fiery speeches in the Parliament, came down heavily on the communal forces and blamed the Congress and NCP for their rise and playing communal politics under the garb of being secular.

"It is only after our candidates win, we'll show true secularism in word and spirit. We'll ensure that nobody, irrespective of his religious affiliations, is deprived of his rights as a citizen of this country", he said.

"The Congress and NCP have failed as a government in the state and the socio-educational indicator of Muslims in the state has further weaken in the last 15 years in the state", he said.

Asaduddin Owaisi, who has fielded 24 candidates in the ensuing assembly elections scheduled to be held on October 15, has earlier been barred from holding party rallies in Aurangabad and other parts of Maharashtra. He is now travelling extensively in the state to garner supports for party candidates.

Interestingly, like Tuesday's 'Pad-Yatra', his publice meetings too are attracting huge crowd. However, only election results will show if the crowd has converted into votes.

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