This could well be a springboard for further progress of party: MIM chief
The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen will fight the recent crisis involving party legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi, both on the democratic and legal front.
It is a testing time for the Majlis but ultimately it will emerge victorious, party president Asaduddin Owaisi has said.
Addressing office bearers of the party’s primary units at Darussalam here on Monday, Mr. Owaisi dubbed the whole thing a well designed ‘conspiracy’ by the Congress and the BJP to defame the Majlis. Such situations were nothing new for the party he said hoped it would emerge stronger from this crisis.
This could well be a springboard for further progress, he remarked.
Though it was a closed door meeting of party workers, a large number of people turned up at Darussalam and kept raising slogans. Except for Mr. Akbaruddin, who arrived from London in the early hours today, all other Majlis legislators and MLCs were present.
Mr. Owaisi said his party had given evidence of the venomous speeches made by Praveen Togadia and Dharmendra Acharya to the police but so for no action was taken. But in the case of Akbaruddin, swift action was initiated. The Majlis would put the controversial speeches of the right wing leaders on You Tube soon.
If there was anything objectionable in the speech of Mr. Akbaruddin the local people at Nirmal would have immediately protested. But nothing of that sort happened and after a gap of 12 days cases were being booked, Mr. Owaisi said and held Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, directly responsible for it. He warned the latter that he would pay a heavy price for getting close to the BJP as had happened in the case of the Telugu Desam.
The Majlis, Mr. Owaisi said, was not against any religion or caste. In fact it was trying hard to bring the Dalits, OBCs and minorities on a common platform. Now this effort was sought to be sabotaged by sowing seeds of hatred against the Majlis.
Hits out at media
Mr. Owaisi also came down heavily on the media for setting the agenda and playing the role of judiciary.
There were several issues facing the State like power and water crisis but the media was busy focussing on non issues.
He predicted early elections and asked party workers not to wait till 2014. Elections could take place any time and they should be ready for it.
Mr. Owaisi expressed concern at the declining percentage of polling over the years and asked the cadre to ensure 100 per cent polling.