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Updated: January 7, 2013 23:58 IST

‘Majlis will emerge stronger from crisis’

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AGGRESIVE POSTURE: MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi addressing party leaders in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo :Mohammed Yousuf
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AGGRESIVE POSTURE: MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi addressing party leaders in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo :Mohammed Yousuf

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.

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If Akbaruddin made a hate speech , he should surely be punished as law. But Assasuddin's argument that tagodia and Dharmendra Acharya had earlier made hate speech but no action was taken has to be properly answered by the Govt before finalising case against Akbaruddin. Hate speeches were made by many others like Raj Thackray Should we have different rules for different people ? All are said to be equal before law, but why some are more than equal ?

from:  K C Thomas
Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 at 13:02 IST

Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi, if you think this arrest was instigated by media and other parties, why dont you come and clarify your stand on your dear brother's speech. Let us see how do you defend it. Please remember you are not living in 60's and 70's now, and most of the things are transparent to people. You and your brother both should be ashamed after his hate speech and instead of finding different routes, just apologize and get out of it. Well same is applicable for other leaders who have given hate speeches, but your brother's speech clearly stands out as the most venomous amongst all!!

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Jan 9, 2013 at 12:01 IST

"This could well be a springboard for further progress of party: MIM
chief" ~ well, of course. That was the ultimate purpose altogether,
wasn't it?
"The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen will fight the recent crisis
involving party legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi, both on the democratic
and legal front." ~ Did I hear crisis? Last I checked, it was your
MLA who created it.
"There were several issues facing the State like power and water
crisis but the media was busy focussing on non issues." ~ Heights of
hypocrisy. Who started the non issues? Last I checked, it was your
MLA, again!! Why blame media?
Each and every politician is one and the same.

from:  Rajeev
Posted on: Jan 9, 2013 at 10:19 IST

So Owaisi the great leader is hopeful - you guys have put the whole
community at shame and risk for your political ambitions. The average
progressive muslim like me is the one who bears the heat of your
actions. Shame on people who elected you as leaders.

from:  Samir Khan
Posted on: Jan 8, 2013 at 20:38 IST
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