AIMIM president and MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, is barred yet again from addressing meetings in Maharashtra. He is barred from entering Dhule till June 26 and Malegaon in Nashik district till July 12. A Police Inspector of Maharashtra served the notices on Mr. Owaisi at his residence here on Wednesday.
Earlier, on January 31 also the Hyderabad MP was denied entry into Aurangabad to address a public meeting. The police cited the cases registered against him in several Telangana districts and also the tense situation in Aurangabad following the alleged hate speech by his brother and Majlis leader, Akbaruddin Owaisi.
Mr. Owaisi was scheduled to address a public meeting at Malegaon on June 14 for which permission was sought a month ago. Police orally conveyed to local Majlis leaders that Mr. Owaisi could address the meeting after ‘Shab-e-Barat’. It was on this very night in 2006 that bomb blast took place at Malegaon.
The Majlis leader said he had not scheduled any public meetings at Dhule but only wanted to meet the local party leaders. Police feared that Mr. Owaisi’s visit to Dhule, where Muslims were killed early this year, might rake up trouble, it is said.
“This is not good for democracy. I am a Member of Parliament and I have a right to differ with the government”, Mr. Owaisi remarked.
He said the Congress-NCP government had developed ‘cold feet’ and therefore denied permission to him to address meetings. “They know they are loosing political ground to the Majlis”, Mr. Owaisi said and referred to the huge crowed at his Aurangabad meeting sometime back.
The Majlis leader wondered why he was denied entry into the Maharashtra towns when he was allowed to address a ‘jalsa’ at Nanded ten days ago. To a question, he said he would consult party workers in Maharashtra and decide the future course of action.