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Asaduddin Owaisi launches AIMIM’s poll campaign in Gujarat with a bang

  • Asaduddin Owaisi addresses massive rally in Ahmedabad
  • Takes a dig at BJP, Congress for the poor state of Muslims, tribals
  • Rakes up development issues, farmers’ protest

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday began his party’s first poll campaign in Gujarat at Bharuch. He urged Muslims, tribals and marginalised communities to unite against the denial of rights. Notably, AIMIM has forged an alliance with Chhotubhai Vasava’s Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) for the local body elections in Gujarat scheduled later this month.

Owaisi, while addressing the gathering at Bharuch, said that AIMIM has entered Gujarat as an alternative to people, especially Muslims, Dalits, tribals and OBCs. He also took a dig at the BJP and Congress saying they have a “mamu” and “bhanja” relationship. “Muslims, tribals and the communities who are denied rights should get united and become stronger to fight and protect our rights,” the Hyderabad MP said.

He said, “Our motive is not to attain success in elections only, but to protect the constitutional rights of the poor and Muslims as well as to protect the land of the tribals.”

Taking on the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, the AIMIM chief said, “Today a media person asked me why I have come to the land of Modi and Amit Shah. I replied that Gujarat is a part of India and I am a citizen of India, I can go to any corner of the country. Gujarat will always be remembered for Gandhi. Amit Shah and Modi will not be taller than Gandhi.”

He also raked up the issue of farmers’ protest going on for the past two-and-a-half months. Owaisi said that the farmers’ protest has disturbed the sleep of PM Modi and the BJP is worried. He said people are fed-up of “Mann Ki Baat” and it is time that the PM listens to farmers’ mann ki baat.

Asaduddin Owaisi’s Ahmedabad rally

Apart from the Bharuch rally, Owaisi also addressed a massive rally at Ahmedabad Riverfront on Sunday evening. He said that his arrival in Gujarat is not just for one election and he had come in 2002 with a team of 25 doctors and medicines worth 50 lakh. Owaisi said that he had then set up a medical camp at Shahalam Dargah.

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Owaisi also targeted Congress saying that the party is afraid of PM Modi and has no future left. Therefore, he said, it was time to counter Hindu nationalism with constitutional nationalism. Owaisi said that the party is erecting candidates from Muslim-dominated areas as good work starts from home. He said that many Urdu medium schools have been closed by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the Congress leaders do not have the power to reopen them.

He also said that Modi government developed the riverfront in Ahmedabad, but there is no development in Muslim and tribal areas, which are even devoid of basic civic amenities. He also referred to the remarks made by the Gujarat High Court in a case where an individual was allegedly threatened by GST officials to pay taxes forcing him to move court.

He also spoke against the Disturbed Areas Act implemented by the Gujarat government saying it is in contravention of the Indian Constitution.


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