Politics over beef is not over yet. MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi raked up the issue while addressing a meeting in the run up to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election on February 2.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief asked those gathered to vote for his party’s candidates if they want to continue eating beef.
“If AIMIM is defeated, I am telling you—the members of minority community will have to forget about eating beef,” said Owaisi.
Due to the ban many people, who were earlier dependent on beef trade have lost their livelihood, he said. “If someone else comes to power (in GHMC), it (beef ban) may become a reality.” The poor who cannot afford to purchase mutton, have to eat beef,” the MP added.
“I am not trying to scare you. But, the fact is if we don’t come to power, there may be a scope for ban on beef (in Hyderabad) on pretext of faith,” he said.
Addressing a public meeting ahead of the 150-member civic body, the MP said such a ban will hit the poor and also beef traders hard like in Maharashtra.
In the last term, the AIMIM and the Congress had formed an alliance in the municipal corporation.
Accusing the BJP-led government in Maharashtra of targeting poor Muslims and Dalits through the ban on beef, Owaisi said, “Since Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister, the quantity of beef exported from India has increased—by a substantial 17%,” said Owaisi.
Owaisi has been using the beef ban issue during his poll campaign speeches in Hyderabad. He’s also been mimicking PM Modi while addressing people.
“Mitro may work anywhere but not in Hyderabad, ‘bada’ (beef) alone will work in Hyderabad,” Owaisi had said last week while addressing a rally.