MIM chief flays Kiran’s handling of recent violence in old city

The ongoing war of words between Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi found its echo at the all-party meeting on Telangana here on Friday.

Sources said that while airing his party’s views on the statehood issue, Mr. Owaisi reportedly referred to the recent incidents in the old city of Hyderabad and the handling of the situation by the government particularly, the Chief Minister.

It is understood that Mr. Owaisi complained bitterly on how the Chief Minister had violated the Supreme Court order on allowing any sort of construction at the Bhagyalaxmi temple adjoining the historic Charminar. Not stopping at that, he lamented how Muslim youth were being targeted and arrested by the police.

It is believed that Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy interrupted the MIM chief saying that this was not the platform to air such issues.

‘Intellectual dishonesty’

“You need not tell me what issues I have to raise at this meeting,” Mr. Owaisi said and added that the Chief Minister was indulging in “intellectual dishonesty”.

When Mr. Owaisi alleged that the Chief Minister had joined hands with Sangh Parivar, Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy objected saying that everybody knew who was secular. The Union Home Minister had to intervene to calm down the two leaders.