Expanding his wings, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Asaduddin Owaisi will take the stage on 4 February to address a gathering of “poor and downtrodden” in Faizabad for Bikapur bypoll to be held on 13 February.
His party, which is planning to stake a claim in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls of 2017, will bank on creating a “Dalit-Muslim vote bank”.
Significantly, this is the first time Owaisi has been given permission to hold a rally in Uttar Pradesh. “My focus will be on Samajwadi Party, which has betrayed both Dalits and Muslims,” said the AIMIM chief.
Owaisi’s party had made its clear when it declared Pradeep Kumar Kori, a Dalit, as its Bikapur candidate for the upcoming bypolls. (Polling will also be held in Saharanpur’s Deoband and in Muzaffarnagar on the same day).
When asked about fielding a Dalit candidate from a general seat, the AIMIM MP said: “Dr Ambedkar had the full support of Muslims when he contested polls. Both sections have now been deprived of their rights. The SP gave riots to Muslims and is now silent on the death of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula of Hyderabad and other Dalit issues,” he said.
Owaisi has also criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party, which, he said, “claims itself to be the champion of Dalits because it organises programmes and praises Dr Ambedkar”.
Meanwhile, in a video, AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi has said his party and PM Narendra Modi will together wipe out the Congress from the country. At an AIMIM public meeting at Baba Nagar on recerntly for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, Owaisi made this remark towards the end of his speech. .
Calling the Congress leaders slaves of the Gandhis, he said, “Narendra Modi ke saath mein, saare desh mein Congress saaf karoonga” (With Narendra Modi, I will finish Congress across India).
He, however, also attacked Narendra Modi over ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ slogan saying that only a “chaiwala” (tea seller) has prospered after the 2014 elections.
Later, senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao condemned the statement saying that Owaisis have a nexus with the BJP. In Maharashtra and Bihar, the Hyderabad party was accused of siding with the BJP.