Praniti Shinde must apologise, says Owaisi


Asaduddin Owaisi, president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), on Thursday threatened to file a defamation case against Congress MLA Praniti Shinde, daughter of former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, if she did not apologise for dubbing the MIM a “treasonous political party.”

Mr. Owaisi said in Hyderabad that the MIM’s success in the recent Maharashtra Assembly election had led to her outburst.

>“Why is she [Praniti Shinde] calling for a ban on us now? Nobody spoke of a ban when we supported the Congress from 2004 to 2012. It was we who bailed out the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh in 2011 when the main opposition party, the Telugu Desam Party, tabled a no-confidence motion,” said Mr. Owaisi adding that Ms. Shinde’s controversial statement smacked of Congress hypocrisy.

On Ms. Shinde’s demand that speeches of MIM leaders ought to be carefully studied and police action initiated against them, Mr. Owaisi dared the Solapur city central MLA to come forward and present any speech by any MIM leader as evidence.

“Our decision to contest the Maharashtra election and our success in Solapur has thoroughly shaken Ms. Shinde. Solapur is not the private property of the Shindes. Any party can contest elections in India anywhere,” he said.

The Hyderabad-based party, contesting the Maharashtra election for the first time, staged a major upset, winning two of the 24 seats it contested and clawing into the Congress’s minority vote bank in Aurangabad and Solapur districts. The MIM, looking to expand its presence in the State with its stratagem of a Muslim-Dalit alliance, is eyeing the civic election in Solapur and Aurangabad.

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