Majlis party president Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday appealed to the people to maintain peace and tranquillity and pray for harmony in the State in view of ongoing political developments.

Addressing the gathering at ‘Youmul Quran’ programme organised at the Mecca Masjid after the Friday prayers, Mr. Owaisi said that the party still stands by its decision of not supporting the separate Telangana State.

However, he said now that the UPA alliance has endorsed the formation of Telangana, the Majlis would ensure that people, irrespective of their region or State, peacefully stay in Hyderabad.

“It’s a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution to every citizen of the country,” he said.

Referring to the remarks made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of comparing Muslims with ‘puppies’, the leader wondered why no case was registered against Mr. Modi while the government was quick enough in registering criminal cases against his brother for alleged hate speech.

He said the country equally belongs to the Muslims and there is no question of doubting them as they had time and again proved their patriotism from the days of India’s independence struggle.

His Majlis party would fight democratically against the communal forces and ensure justice to the victims of Gujarat riots and fake encounters.

Meanwhile, about 40,000 people offered the Jummat-ul-Vida prayers at the Mecca Masjid. A pious atmosphere prevailed around the historic edifice with people dressed in their customary attire making a beeline from across the city since morning.

The police made elaborate security arrangements by deploying additional forces including APSP, RAF, Task Force and BSF units as a precautionary measure.

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