The Prime Minister ‘never speaks on two things — rise in petrol and diesel prices and China sitting inside our territory in Ladakh
NEW DELHI – All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government for not doing anything to expel China which is “sitting in Ladakh” and allowing Pakistani terrorist to kill Indian soldiers.
“Nine of our soldiers died in J-K, and India will be playing T20 match with Pakistan on October 24?” he asked while addressing a public meeting on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi at AIMIM headquarters Darussalam in Hyderabad.
“Pakistan is playing T20 with Indian lives in Kashmir. How can we play a match against them amid regular terror attacks there?”
India is scheduled to play the first match of T20 World Cup against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.
He recalled how Prime Minister Modi had criticised then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “for sharing biryani with the Pakistan PM when Indian jawans were being killed on the borders”.
Owaisi also alleged that the targetted killings in Kashmir were a result of lack of policy of terrorism by the Modi government, and questioned the government’s claim that problems in Kashmir have ended with the repeal of Article 370.
Referring to the death of labourers from Bihar in Kashmir, he wondered what the intelligence agencies and Home Minister Amit Shah were doing.
The AIMIM leader also lashed out at PM Modi for his silence on petrol and diesel prices. “PM Modi never speaks on two things — rise in petrol and diesel prices and China sitting inside our territory in Ladakh,” he said.
“The cost of petrol and diesel have hit the century mark, yet he has not commented on it,” Owaisi added.
He also questioned the Prime Minister on his silence over Chinese Army entering and occupying the Indian territory. “Why is he afraid of even taking the name of China,” he asked.
The AIMIM also voiced concern over the situation faced by Muslims in the country. Quoting a 27-year-old lawyer to describe the current situation, he said: “A Muslim is living under the threat of someone attacking his shop or a mob lynching him. He feels helpless. They (the government) have criminalised triple talaq, they have criminalised religious conversions and they are trying to bring Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) through backdoor. If I protest, they book me under UAPA or NSA.”
He also discussed how there are lack of opportunities and no inter-mobility among Muslims. According to him, because of Hindutva, his Hindu friends and business partners have distanced themselves from him.
Owaisi, however, advised Muslims not to lose hope. He said they should keep their spirits up and face the situation with courage.
He also urged the youth to self-introspect and keep themselves away from all societal evils by offering prayers, building character, desisting from taking dowry and helping the poor and needy, irrespective of their community.
Earlier on Sunday, Owaisi held a rally in Masuri and attacked the UP government over various issues. He sought vote for his AIMIM claiming his party would emerge as an alternative in the state where Assembly elections are due in five months. “Tell me what happened in the past elections. Both SP and BSP had fought together. Did you vote for Narendra Modi or Yogi Adityanath? If no, then how did they win the seats?” he asked the gathering that had braved the rain to attend the rally, according to the Times of India.
The AIMIM chief also said that mosques and madrassas talk about love and offer water and tea to people from other religions. “I would like to tell my Hindu and Dalit brothers that if they come to our mosques and madrasas, we will offer you water and tea. Our place of worship talks about love and does not give place to hatred. No one will be manhandled for raising questions,” Owaisi said.
– With input from IANS