‘Owaisis are rich leaders of poor Muslims’

Terming the Owaisi brothers “ Crorepati leaders of poor Hyderabadis,” Congress spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin demanded that AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi and his MLA brother Akbaruddin Owaisi declare their sources of income to justify the accumulation of huge assets during the last 15 years.

He said that the assets declared by Owaisi brothers in their affidavits submitted while filing nomination papers do not match with their known sources of income. “Their economic growth in the last 15 years, especially during the last five years under the BJP rule, was better than any businessman despite the ill effects of demonetisation,” he claimed in a statement here.

Mr. Nizamuddin said Mr. Asad Owaisi had declared assets of just ₹ 39.02 lakh in 2004 and ₹ 4.06 crore in 2014 and this year he declared assets of ₹ 13 crore. Similarly, his brother Akbaruddin Owaisi’s income increased from ₹ 4 crore in 2004 to ₹ 17.50 crore in 2014 and now to ₹ 24.53 crore. “There is nothing wrong in earning huge wealth but the accumulated wealth does not match the known sources of income,” he said.

Mr. Nizamuddin also alleged that while the Owaisi brothers got richer, their voters remained poor. He claimed that Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi is constructing a palatial house on 4 acres of land with a built-up area of 36,250 sft in Shastripuram while nearly 84% Muslims in old city are living in houses which are smaller than 100 sft. He demanded that Owaisi brothers disclose their sources of income to clear all suspicions.

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