Congress minority leader and former ZP chairman Taher Bin Hamdan has strongly condemned MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s critical remarks against Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and the Congress party while withdrawing support to the State and the Central governments.

In a statement here on Saturday, Taher said that Congress had always been a secular party and had seen all religions on equal footing. “Ours is the grand old political party and had secured Independence to the nation. I am really shocked at the allegations of Mr. Owaisi against the Congress and the Chief Minister,” he said.

If the Congress was non-secular and was supporting the Sangh Parivar, how could the MIM support the ruling party all these years, he asked and accused Mr. Owaisi of indulging in mud-slinging with ulterior motives and malafide intentions after nine years of association.

Describing the MIM leaders’ criticism as unbecoming and highly objectionable, he demanded that Mr. Asaduddin withdraw his words against the Congress and the Chief Minister. He made it clear that only a few people among Muslim minorities would support the MIM and a majority Muslims would always sail with the Congress. They would always repose confidence in Sonia Gandhi, he said.