All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi has alleged that the forces behind the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi are now trying to instil fear in the country.
Addressing a public gathering in Hyderabad on Saturday, Owaisi said, “Mulq mein khauf ka mahaul paida kiya jaa raha hai. Is mahaul ko paida karne mein un logon, un takaton ka pura role hai, jinhone Mahatma Gandhi ko goli maara, jinhone Hindustan ki azadi mein hissa nahin liya balki angrezo ka saath diya (An environment of fear in being instilled in the country. People behind this are the same forces who shot at Mahatma Gandhi, who did not fight for India’s freedom and instead helped the British).”
The Hyderabad parliamentarian was speaking at the Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind (Maulana Arshad Madani Group) organised Qaumi Yekjehti (National Integration) conference in the city.
Making a strong pitch for Dalit-Muslim unity, Owaisi said that he believes that both communities could come together.
“Every 15 minutes, Dalits are being persecuted, they are being beaten. Crimes against them have increased by 66%. We have to work with our Dalit brothers. They have been persecuted for many years. Today, Dalits are looking at Muslims with the certain expectation, whether the two persecuted communities can come together? I believe we can,” Owaisi said.
He alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a false promise to protect the interest of Muslim women and criticised him for the CBSE examination paper leak. He said several people had ‘looted’ banks and fled the country. “One such man is (Nirav) Modi. Is this the taseer (effect) of the name?” he said.
Deputy CM Mohammed Mahmood Ali said development comes with unity between communities. Noted writer Ram Puniyani, Mufti Mahmood Zubair and Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind President Arshad Madani spoke on national integration and criticised communal forces.