MIM president Assaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that it was Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who had asked him to apply for the lease of Mahavir Hospital in the city.

“We have nothing to do with the Mahavir Hospital land. It was the Chief Minister, who told us to submit a letter,” Mr. Owaisi remarked during an informal chat with reporters, who met him at the MIM head office in Darussalam.

He was highly critical of the Chief Minister for allegedly leaking the letters to show him in poor light.

“We had withdrawn our letter seeking lease of the hospital much before our party snapped ties with the Congress,” he said. If the Chief Minister was sincere, he should also make public the report of the Hyderabad Collector on the Mahavir Hospital lease issue, he said. He said the MIM already ran two big hospitals and it was not keen on securing the lease.

The MP said his party’s first priority was to wean away Muslim voters from the Congress in the next general elections. “We will go all out and make sure that Muslims do not vote for the Congress,” Mr. Owaisi said. Mr. Owaisi said in the multi-cornered contest in the next elections, Muslims would decide the fate of parties.

Mr. Owaisi said there was no question of reconsidering the decision on snapping ties with the Congress. “I was not invited for the Prime Minister’s dinner,” he pointed out. He said there were no plans for any alliance with other parties like YSR Congress. “Our party was never a pre-poll ally,” Mr. Owaisi said and pointed out that YSRC was a force to reckon with.