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Arrest those who gave call for genocide of Muslims, demands Owaisi

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that a mere FIR against those who called for genocide of Muslims at the Dharam Sansad at Haridwar will not help and demanded their arrest.

The Hyderabad MP told reporters here that the organisations who gave the call should be banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Haridwar police on Saturday named two more persons in the First Information Report (FIR) in connection with the alleged hate speeches.

The police earlier booked Wasim Rizvi aka Jitendra Tyagi, and others under Section 153A Indian Penal Code in the case.

Owaisi said the silence of the Samajwadi Party and Congress on the issue had exposed them. He said both the parties worried that they will not get the ‘other vote’ in ensuing elections. “They (speakers at Haridwar meet) even called for killing Manmohan Singh, who is former Prime Minister of this country. When will you react,” he asked Congress leaders.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President said all political parties who believe in the Constitution and the rule of law have to break their silence because the Dharma Sanasad gave an open call for genocide of Muslims. “They said that the Rohingyas in Myanmar were killed and made homeless, Muslims in India should be dealt in similar way,” he said.

Owaisi alleged that Dharam Sansad was held and such things were spoken there with the blessing and full support of the BJP government in Uttarakhand.

He also tweeted that Dharam Sansad at Raipur was also not possible without the support of the Congress government in Chhttisgarh. He pointed out that Ramsunder Das, who is the Chairman of Chhattisgarh Gau-Seva Commission and has a cabinet rank, was the chief patron of the Dharam Sansad.

Reacting to reports that Ramsunder Das walked off stage when Sant Kalicharan Maharaj was abusing Mahatma Gandhi, the MP made series of tweets.

He referred to Kalicharan’s remarks that the MP, MLA, minister and Prime Minister should be hardcore Hidutvawadi, that if people don’t cast votes, Islam will dominate the country and the remark that people should vote in maximum numbers to choose a rule who is staunch Hindutvawadi, no matter which political party he comes from.

“Didn’t Ram Sundar find this statement objectionable? Isn’t this statement condemnable? Congress leader Pramod Dubey, BJP leaders Satchidanand Upasane and Nandkumar Sai were also present in the audience when Kalicharan was delivering this speech. No one broke his silence,” wrote Owaisi.

Owaisi said the talks of Hindu Rashtra, massacre of Muslims, love jihad took place under the patronage of a leader of the rank of cabinet minister of Congress. “The FIR has been registered only on the statement of Gandhiji. Does this mean the talk of our carnage is not a matter of concern,” he asked.

The AIMIM leader also took a dig at Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. “Baghel ji can stage a dharna in Uttar Pradesh, but what is happening in his own state in the name of religion? Everyone is in this race that who is the biggest Hindu,” he said

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‘Ridiculous’: Owaisi on decision to raise minimum age of marriage for women

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has criticised the decision of Narendra Modi government to raise the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21, terming it “ridiculous”.

The Hyderabad MP said both men and women should be allowed to legally marry at 18 as they are treated as adults by the law for all other purposes.

“This is typical paternalism that we have come to expect from the govt. 18 year old men & women can sign contracts, start businesses, choose Prime Ministers & elect MPs & MLAs but not marry,” he said in a tweet.

“They can consent to sexual relationships and live-in partnerships but cannot choose their life partners? Just ridiculous”, he added.

The proposal to raise the minimum age of marriage for women was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. The government said the move was to save women from malnutrition.

Owaisi said: “If Modi was sincere, he would have focused on increasing economic opportunities for women. Yet India is the only country where women’s participation in workforce is dwindling. It fell to 16 per cent in 2020 from 26 per cent in 2005.”

“Men & women are treated as adults at 18 for most critical things. Why is marriage any different? The legal age is not really a criteria; the essential goal must be to ensure education, economic progress & human development.”

He pointed out that in many US states, marriage age is as low as 14. In UK and Canada, it is 16. In New Zealand, 16-19 year olds can marry with parental consent. These nations improved human development of young people so that they can take informed decisions rather than fixing arbitrary age restrictions, he said.

“In contrast, Modi govt acts like a Mohalla Uncle. Deciding what we eat, who/when we marry, what God we worship, etc. Ironically, govt proposes 18 as age of consent in Data Bill. If 18-year olds can choose how their data is used, why can’t they choose their life partners,” he asked.

The Lok Sabha member pointed out that child marriages are rampant in the country despite a law. “Every fourth woman in India was married before turning 18 but only 785 criminal cases of child marriages were recorded. If child marriages have reduced from before, it’s due to education & economic progress, not criminal law.”

“There are 12m kids married before they even turned 10. 84 per cent of these are from Hindu families & only 11 per cent are Muslim. This clearly points to the fact that social reform and government initiatives in education & human development are critical to preventing child marriages,” Owaisi wrote.

“More than legal age of marriage, it is improved education & better economic prospects for youngsters, that impacts when they marry. 45 per cent of poorest households had child marriages; only 10 per cent of wealthiest households did so,” he added.

Owaisi said that it’s essential to improve the educational status of women to ensure autonomous decision-making. “What has the government done to improve education for girls,” he said and alleged that 79 per cent of Rs.446.72 crore Beti Bachao Beti Padhao budget was spent on advertisements.

The MP said the Supreme Court recognised the right to privacy as a fundamental right for adults. “The autonomy to take decisions concerning oneself are critical to this fundamental right. This includes the right to choose a partner & the right to decide if/when to have children.”

“It’s time to stop thinking of young people as children in perpetuity. They should be allowed the space to think & decide for themselves. This is also why I’ve proposed a private members’ bill that will allow 20 year olds to become MPs & MLAs,” Owaisi added.

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Never forget Babri Masjid: Owaisi

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that the demolition of Babri Masjid will always be remembered.

On 29th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, the MP from Hyderabad took to Twitter to post a video clip from his old speech with the hashtag #NeverForgetBabri.

Owaisi had said in his speech that even while taking last breath, “we will tell our children to remember the martyrdom of Babri Masjid”.

Meanwhile, the anniversary of the demolition passed off peacefully in Hyderabad amid tight security arrangements by the police.

Unlike in the past, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) or no other major Muslim organisation called for shutdown or observing a “black day”.

However, a few smaller religious organisations had called upon people to observe the anniversary as a black day by shutting down their business.

Few Muslim shopkeepers in the old city of Hyderabad kept their shops closed while black flags were hoisted at few places to mark the day.

Wahdat-e-Islami organised an all party protest meeting at Masjid Ujale Shah in Saeedabad area to demand reconstruction of Babri Masjid. Speakers at the meeting vowed to continue their fight till reconstruction of the mosque at the same place where it stood till December 6, 1992.

Tehreek-e-Muslim Shabban President Mushtaq Malik said that once a mosque is built at a place it remains a mosque for eternity. “Irrespective of the changes made in its status, a mosque remains a mosque till the end of this world,” he said.

Malik claimed that the court had ruled in favour of the mosque by calling the act of installation of idols surreptitiously in 1949 a “crime”. “The court also called the demolition of Babri Masjid a criminal act. We have two evidences in favour of the mosque. Inshalla it will be rebuilt and history will witness this,” he said.

All India Muslim League leader Abdul Sattar Mujahid, who had called for observing a black day, said a grave injustice was done by demolishing the mosque and building a temple at the same place. He said black day should be observed every year till the mosque is rebuilt at its original site.

Women and children staged a peaceful protest in Saeedabad. They were carrying black flags and banners which read “a mosque remains a mosque”, “duty of ummat to reclaim mosque”, and “mosques are property of Allah”. The women also offered namaz and prayed for reconstruction of Babri Masjid.

In view of the call given by some organisations, police had made elaborate security arrangements in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Additional forces were deployed at sensitive places. Security was tightened near the historic Mecca Masjid near Charminar and near other places of worship.

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Tributes to bravehearts who fought against terrorists: Owaisi

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AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday paid tributes to bravehearts who fought against terrorists during the Mumbai terror attacks 13 years ago.

The Hyderabad MP took to Twitter to pay his tributes on 26/11 anniversary.

“Heartfelt tributes to our bravehearts who fought against terrorists during the attacks on Mumbai on 26.11.2008,” wrote Owaisi.

Earlier, the president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) also tweeted on Constitution Day. He said the Constitution of India has given tools to defeat injustice.

“On November 26, 1949, our elders adopted Indian Constitution. The Constitution is a documentation of dreams that our elders saw for us. It replaced rule by men with rule of law. For the first time, a formal text not only protected us from state excesses, but also from majoritarianism,” wrote the Lok Sabha member.

“This constitutional promise has been betrayed often. Especially when it pertained to Muslims, Dalits or Adivasis. But it’s still worth fighting for. For communities that’ve been historically excluded from access to power, Constitution gives us tools to defeat injustice,” he added.

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‘Pak playing T-20 in J&K’: Owaisi slams Modi govt over match

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday slammed the Narendra Modi government for allowing the Indian cricket team to play a T20 match with Pakistan at a time when “our soldiers are being killed in Kashmir”.

India is scheduled to play the first match of T20 World Cup against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.

Addressing a public meeting on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi at AIMIM headquarters Darussalam, he said: “Pakistan is playing T20 with Indian lives in Kashmir. How can we play a match against them amid regular terror attacks there?”

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.

“He is silent on skyrocketing fuel prices. The cost of petrol and diesel have hit the century mark, yet he has not commented on it.”

Owaisi 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.”

At the press meet, 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.

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Rajnath uttered lies on Savarkar: Owaisi

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AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh uttered a lie that it was on Mahatma Gandhi’s request that Savarkar wrote mercy petitions to the British.

Owaisi, a member of the Lok Sabha from Hyderabad, disputed Singh’s claim in a series of tweets.

“Here’s the letter to Savarkar from Gandhi. No mention of petition to British begging for leniency, mercy & promising to be a faithful servant of the crown,” wrote Owaisi while tagging the letter dated January 25, 1920 as published in ‘The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’.

The president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) pointed out that Savarkar wrote the first petition in 1911, just 6 months after going to prison. Gandhi was then in South Africa. Savarkar wrote again in 1913/14. Gandhi’s advice is from 1920.

“Is it a lie that this “Veer” rejected tricolour & wanted Bhagva as our flag?,” asked the MP.

“In your speech yesterday, you mentioned that Savarkar defined Hindu as anyone for whom India was fatherland or motherland. However, Savarkar, as a man of limited intellectual prowess had actually defined Hindu as someone for whom India was fatherland AND holy land,” Owaisi wrote.

“In his view, India was not the holy land for Muslims & Christians and so they couldn’t be fully loyal to India. What is your view on this as Defence Minister? Do you subscribe to this theory?,” he asked the minister.

Owaisi demanded that whoever wrote this speech for Singh should be fired, saying it’s not good to have advisers who have a Savarkarite relationship to truth.

Earlier, Singh hailed Savarkar as a staunch nationalist and India’s first military strategist in the 20th century. He also stated that people from the Marxist and Leninist ideology wrongly accuse him of being a fascist.

Speaking at an event to release a book on Savarkar, Singh described him as a ‘national icon’ and said he gave the country a ‘robust defence and diplomatic doctrine’

Meanwhile, Owaisi told reporters that the BJP and the RSS are giving a message to the country that the day is not far when Savarkar will be declared Father of the Nation in place of Mahatma Gandhi.

Owaisi said as a MP it was painful for him to see Savarkar’s portrait opposite the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in the Central Hall of Parliament.

He said Rajnath Singh uttered a lie when he stated that Savarkar wrote mercy petitions on Gandhi’s advice. He pointed out that Gandhi believed in going to jail as a non-violent way of protest. “Savarkar wrote mercy petition in eight months after being sent to Kaala Paani. Why others who were imprisoned did not write mercy petitions,” he asked.

On RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement praising Savarkar, Owaisi said it has become Bhagwat’s habit to utter ‘half-truths’ and ‘full lies’.

He asked the RSS chief if he would deny that Sardar Patel had stated that the financial wing of the Hindu Maha Sabha which used to work under Savarkar assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.

“Will he also deny that Justice Kapoor Commission of Inquiry in its report said that Savarkar was complicit in Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination?” Owaisi asked.

The AIMIM leader disputed Bhagwat’s claim that Savarkar was not an enemy of Muslims. He cited Savarkar’s statement that only Hindus are true nationals of this country. He alleged that Savarkar was a believer in fascism and Nazism.

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Owaisi demands Dalit Bandhu-like scheme for Muslims

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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday urged the Telangana government to announce a scheme on the lines of ‘Dalit Bandhu’ for economic empowerment of extremely poor Muslims in the state.

The Hyderabad MP made the demand while addressing a symposium on “Muslims in Telangana: Poverty and other challenges”.

Stating that Telangana’s Muslims face deprivation like Dalits, he demanded that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to extend the same benefits provided under ‘Dalit Bandhu’ to Muslims living below poverty line.

Under ‘Dalit Bandhu’ launched last month on pilot basis in Huzurabad constituency, the state government is providing a grant of Rs 10 lakh to every Dalit family. The scheme aims at empowering Dalits and enabling entrepreneurship among them through a direct benefit transfer.

“If extremely poor Muslim households are given the same amount, it would go a long way in improving their lives,” said the President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

Terming Dalit Bandhu a revolutionary scheme, Owaisi pointed out that this is the country’s largest cash transfer programme. He hailed the ‘visionary’ step by the Chief Minister.

“We welcome the scheme and demand that Telangana take similar affirmative action for Muslims – not on the basis of religion but on strength of their deprivation and marginalisation,” he said

The Lok Sabha member pointed out that there are around 8.8 Muslim households in Telangana, and the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) has estimated that about 8.5 per cent Muslims live under below poverty line.

“It is safe to assume that at least 1-2 per cent of these households live in abject poverty and need urgent measures to protect them. Ideally, at least 18,000 households should be considered for this scheme. This would amount to only Rs 1,800 crore as a one-time expense for the state but its benefits would far outlast the expense as a whole generation could be saved from abject poverty,” he said.

Owaisi said if this amount is considered too much, at least one per cent or 9,000 households should be covered, which would amount to only Rs 900 crore.

“This is not an astronomical amount by any measure. We wouldn’t even need new allocation: the unutilised minority budget in the last 4 years would amount to Rs 1,800 crore,” he said.

Owaisi said his party will raise this demand in the ongoing Assembly session and exuded confidence that the Chief Minister will announce and implement the scheme.

Experts at the symposium provided empirical data on social, educational and economic backwardness of Muslims in Telangana.

Muslims constitute 12.8 per cent of the population of Telangana, numbering nearly 4.8 million in a total population of 38 million. Despite being overwhelmingly urban, the Muslim population is the second poorest, just marginally above the predominantly rural Scheduled Tribes (ST). According to the findings of the Sudhir Commission, about 48 per cent of Muslim households in the State live on an income of less than Rs 10,000 a month.

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Saving lives more important than saving heritage: Owaisi

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Reiterating the demand for construction of new building of the Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday said that saving lives is more important than saving heritage.

“If you want to save heritage, save it, but if you want to save lives, and save money, we need a new building for Osmania Hospital,” he said after inaugurating the 23-bed Covid ward at the Indo-US Hospital at Malakpet here.

During a visit to the Osmania Hospital last month, the MP demanded that the state government build a new hospital at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.

“If you want to keep the building, keep it; If you want to demolish it, do so,” he had said.

Heritage activists, who have been urging the government to protect the heritage structure, had taken exception to the MP’s remarks.

Owaisi, however, defended his stand, saying the condition of the Osmania Hospital is deteriorating with every passing day. He said the Osmania Hospital needs a built-up area of 20 lakh square feet.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief said that people criticising his party for supporting the Osmania Hospital’s new building are neither aware of the situation at the hospital nor have ever visited it for treatment.

The MP said when the Chief Minister can demolish the Warangal Jail and build a hospital there, why can’t he build a new building for the Osmania Hospital Medical College, which is the oldest medical college in the country and has given countless doctors in different disciplines.

“The annual number of surgeries has come down from 90,000 to 45,000 at the Osmania Hospital. We will not let the government escape the Osmania Hospital issue, by citing heritage concerns,” he said.

Designed by Vincent Esch, the Osmania Hospital building on the banks of Musi River was completed in 1925.

Owaisi pointed out that the shortage of beds and ventilators led to loss of many lives during the second wave. “Covid treatment is expensive. And hospitals like these (Indo-US Hospital, Osmania Hospital) can help patients save their hard earned money during times of crises,” he said.

He assured cooperation to the Sahayata Trust-run Indo-US Hospital to further improve healthcare infrastructure and Covid treatment facilities with the help of his MP fund.

Earlier, Owaisi went around the Covid-19 ward with Malakpet MLA Ahmed Balala. The facility is equipped with critical care specialists, 24×7 piped Oxygen, ventilators, bi-pap machines and additional oxygen cylinders in case of emergencies.

High quality oxygen concentrators with dual output, dialysis machines and even an in-house oxygen plant that is due for import on July 15 will provide best medical support to Covid patients.

Once operational, the oxygen plant funded by IMRC, US and implemented by the Sahayata Trust, which manages the hospital, will be able to provide 24×7 liquid medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients at the hospital. “In case of emergencies, free refills of oxygen cylinders will be provided by the Trust,” said Sahayata Trust CEO Syed Aneesuddin.

He said another oxygen plant would come up at Toli Chowki in the city. Two new branches of the Indo-US Hospital are proposed in the city at Toli Chowki and Shah Ali Banda.

Aneesuddin thanked IMRC Chairman Manzoor Ghori for funding the Sahayata Trust projects. He said Indo-US Hospital has been offering treatment at subsidised prices for a long time.

Director of the Indo-US Hospital, Dr Mohammed Abdul Moiz said they trained specialists to follow Covid 19 guidelines issued by the Central government and the WHO.

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PM must live up to constitutional duty of saving lives: Owaisi

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Holding Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the second wave of Covid-19 in the country, MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi demanded that he live up to his constitutional duty to save the lives of citizens.

Alleging that for eight months, the government-led by Modi was in deep slumber which led to the second wave that has claimed lives of thousands of people, he said that the BJP government did nothing though all the experts had warned that there will be a second wave.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief was talking to reporters after launching Covid-19 helpline set up by the Majlis Charity Educational and Relief Trust in collaboration with Access Foundation.

Owaisi said under the Constitution, right to life is a fundamental right and demanded that Modi live up to his constitutional duty to save lives of people of India.

“You must rise up. You can’t continue this emotional blackmail you are doing. Nothing is happening on the ground,” he said, claiming that “the situation had slipped out of government’s control”.

“This government has no vision, no planning, no accountability or transparency.

“What is life of an Indian who happens to be poor, where is government? There is no government,” the MP said and called Modi a “king who has no concern for the people who are dying outside his palace”.

“If this is happening in Delhi, you can imagine what is happening in rural areas.”

Stating that the government is not in control of the situation, Owaisi alleged that people have lost faith in government and they are helping themselves.

“It is because of their lack of concern and lack of planning that we are seeing this carnage. We are seeing deaths which are happening in thousands,” he said.

Owaisi also ridiculed Modi’s slogan of Amtanirbhar Bharat. “What Atmanirbhar Bharat… If there was Atmanirbhar Bharat why do you require oxygen from Saudi Arabia and other countries,” he asked

Referring to the large number of deaths and the shortage of oxygen, medicines and lack of beds in hospitals, he said in his political life, he never saw such human misery.

“Graveyards are full. Shamshans are cremating bodies non-stop. If this can’t Modi and his government, what will,” he asked and demanded that the government waive off GST on oxygen, oximeters and Remdisivir.

He recalled that in January the Prime Minister told the World Economic Forum that India defeated Covid when other countries were making fun of it. Modi also told the Parliament proudly that his government won the battle against Covid though other countries were pessimistic. “If you had defeated Covid, why did the second wave come,” he asked

Owaisi slammed the government for failing on all fronts. He said there was no planning for vaccine production and distribution and as a result, vaccines are not available for those who are due for second dose.

He also questioned the pricing of vaccine and said when crores of people have lost their jobs, it is for government ofto provide free vaccination to people. He quoted experts to say that if 80 per cent people are not vaccinated, there will be a third wave

Stating that states have no money to give for vaccination, Owaisi said the Centre should use PM Cares Fund. “What will you do with money. It’s not your or my money. It’s people’s money. Use it for vaccinating people,” he said.

He advised people to wear mask, maintain social distancing and take vaccines wherever it is available. Stating that they are fighting an invisible enemy, he said they should take all precautions.

Pointing out that Bangladesh is spending three per cent of its GDP on health, Owaisi said India was spending not even one per cent. He also demanded that the Telangana government increase spending on health and build new hospitals including a new building for Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad.

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Owaisi warms up to BTP, now eyes big gains in Rajasthan

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If present trends are to be believed, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi seems to be eyeing big gains in Rajasthan in the long run by luring Bharatiya Tribal Party.

In a surprising move, Owaisi recently extended his support to Bharatiya Tribal Party in Rajasthan soon after it announced to withdraw its support to the Congress.

The BTP recently announced its separation with the ruling party in Rajasthan after the Congress joined hands with BJP to defeat BTP in Zila Parishad polls in Dungarpur district.

Soon after the stunning political episode, BTP National president Chhotubhai Vasava, tweeted, “#BJP Congress are one. This is the only truth.”

Replying to his tweet, Owaisi said, “Vasavaji Congress will teach you and me the lesson of Opposition unity in the morning and evening. However, it will not rise above the Janeyudhari unity itself. Both of them are basically one. How long will you support them? Is your independent power anywhere less than a kingmaker? Hope you will take a right decision soon. We are with you in this struggle of stake,” he said.

It needs to be mentioned here that there were reports of Owaisi taking a strong interest in Rajasthan soon after municipal polls were recently held in three districts. The Muslim leaders of the state wanted their community to be represented as they had a strong number of corporators in the walled city.

Feeling deserted, these community leaders then approached Owaisi, and since then, Owaisi is monitoring political developments in the state, confirmed official sources.

AIMIM is keeping a strong vigil on 40 seats dominated by Muslims in state, they added.

Owaisi’s tweet further strengthens this claim.

As he has already marked a significant presence in Bihar, he now seems to be making attempts to change political equations in tribal and Muslim belts in Rajasthan too, confirmed sources.

In present situation, if Owaisi ties up with BTP, then he can be the gamechanger in tribal dominated seats of Gujarat, MP and Rajasthan. In Rajasthan, the BTP stands strong in Dungarpur, Banswara and Pratapgarh districts.

The party has two MLAs representing Rajasthan Assembly. However, the party which supported Congress in Rajya Sabha polls as well as during political crisis reported in July has withdrawn its support to the party.

Rajkumar Rout, BTP MLA, told IANS, “Our party has announced to withdraw support to the Congress as it joined hands with the BJP to emerge winner in the recent local polls. We are elected representatives and need to answer to people who voted for us. They were questioning us about how we could support a party who can join hands with the opposition to emerge as the winner,” he said.

Meanwhile, all eyes are now set on what shall be the next step of Owaisi in the state. Will it continue to be the two-party dominated state or if there will be a third front coming in at any point, remains the most discussed question in political corridors.

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Owaisi writes to PM, blames him for Ladakh crisis

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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the crisis on the border with China, leading to India losing its 20 security personnel.

Owaisi, whose All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was not invited to the all-party meeting convened by the Prime Minister on Ladakh clash, wrote a letter to him.

“The blame for this crisis lies solely with the political, strategic and military leadership headed by you. It is unfortunate that you failed in dealing with Chinese designs,” the Hyderabad MP wrote.

Owaisi said the lives of those killed should not go in vain and the best way to avenge their lives must be recovering Chinese-occupied Indian territory in Galwan Valley and Pangong So Lake areas by any means necessary.

He demanded that the government share with the country the facts about extent of Chinese incursions, extent of lapses in Indian decision-making and the consequent loss of Indian territory to Chinese occupation.

Owaisi also sought an independent review committee to look into the sequence of events leading up to the loss of Indian lives and territory. “The government must publish the committee’s findings in a white paper and make it accessible to the public,” reads the letter.

The white paper should provide clarity on questions like how much Indian territory is under Chinese occupation since May 2014, how many security personnel lost their lives due to Chinese incursions or face-offs, how many rounds of talks were held with China, what is the status and scope of the negotiations, who is responsible for the loss of 20 Indian personnel in recent face-off, why Indian soldiers did not open fire when their commanding officer was killed by Chinese troops, what were the intelligence inputs about Chinese movements that were ignored by the government and has China communicated that India violated the bilateral agreements by altering the constitutional status of Ladakh by making it a Union Territory, he said.

Owaisi also demanded that the Parliament be convened at the earliest so that opposition parties may seek accountability from the ruling party and the government is bound to answer queries of representatives regarding occupation of Indian territory.

The AIMIM chief voiced his disappointment over not being invited to the all-party meeting.

“At a time when national consensus and a unified response is essential, it is unfortunate that AIMIM was not invited to the meeting. The criteria of the invitees betrays any rational explanation. It is absurd to limit the invitee political parties only to those with over 5 Lok Sabha MPs, parties with Union Cabinet Ministers and recognized national parties. The situation required the government to include every political party with a MP,” the MP wrote.

Owaisi said AIMIM may be a small political party but as its president he was one the first few MPs to have raised the issue of Chinese occupation of Indian territory since the past five weeks.

“Incursions by a foreign military and occupation of our territory is a national challenge and it can be overcome only when all political parties are taken into confidence,” he added.

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Owaisi seeks relaxations in Hyderabad’s containment zones

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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday demanded some relaxation in containment zones which reported no new case of Covid-19 for 15 days.

The Hyderabad MP suggested that the affected household and its immediate neighbours be treated as the containment zone while some relaxations be given in the rest of the area.

Owaisi, in a series of tweets, said that there were a total of 215 containment zones in the limits of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

There were 114 containment zones in Hyderabad Parliament constituency and adjoining Nampally Assembly constituency, and 40 of them have been cleared, including the areas of Karwan, Malakpet, Santoshnagar, Chandrayangutta, Charminar, Falaknuma, Mehdipatnam and Goshamahal, he said.

As many as 24 of the remaining 74 zones will Thursday complete 15 days since the last reported case of Covid-19. The remaining 50 will complete their 15 days around May 2/3.

Owaisi thanked AIMIM MLAs, corporators and other party workers for helping residents of containment zones access necessary amenities. He also thanked GHMC Municipal Commissioner and the staff for their untiring efforts.

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Owaisi distributes PPE kits among Asha workers, police

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday distributed Personal Protection Equipment (PPE Kits) among Asha, Anganwadi workers and police personnel.

Owaisi distributed 178 PPE kits and 2,640 mini kits among Asha and Anganwadi workers of Hyderabad Parliamentary constituency, Nampally Assembly constituency and Bholakpur, Shaikpet and Erragadda municipal wards.

The AIMIM chief handed over the kits to Greater Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan at a programme held at Shastripuram. It was also attended by Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban development, Arvind Kumar, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Lokesh Kumar and other officials.

Owaisi also handed over 350 PPE kits to Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar for distribution among the police personnel working at outposts around Hyderabad.

Each PPE kit comprised one N95 mask, 10 triple layer masks, 10 pair gloves (latex), one 200 ml bottle sanitizer and PPE suit. Each mini had one N95 mask, 10 triple layer masks, 10 pair gloves (latex) and one 200 ml bottle sanitizer.

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PM again ignored plight of vast majority of Indians: Owaisi

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, once again ignored the plight of the vast majority of Indians.

“Today, Wazeer e Azam has again ignored the plight of the vast majority of Indians who have been thrown into a state of hunger, homelessness and inconceivable desperation,” the Hyderabad MP tweeted reacting to Modi’s address to the nation on Tuesday.

He said the Prime Minister had left these people to the charity and goodwill of the rich. A lockdown without thinking about the hungry and deprived is cruelty of the highest form, he added.

Owaisi said the Prime Minister’s “addresses to the nation” are things that can be done through a single tweet.

“As Telangana chief minister has been demanding states need relaxation of existing financial norms, fiscal relief and immediate aid.”

“How long will the Union government issue farmaans without providing support to states? How long will it say that states have the responsibility to feed hungry while not even releasing excess stock from FCI? If states are responsible then what’ll the Union do? Issue more guidelines,” he asked.

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Modi is my Prime Minister too: Owaisi

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said Narendra Modi is his Prime Minister too not just the Prime Minister of India or the PM of a few political parties in this country.

Reacting to why he was not called for the video-conference of all floor leaders recently held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Owaisi said, “I asked the prime minister that whichever party has five MPs you have called them, but you are calling those who have less than five MPs in the Parliament. The Prime Minister has not called me and my other MP from Aurangabad. He has not called the three MPs from Indian Union Muslim League from Kerala. You know that the first three cases were reported in Kerala,” Asaduddin Owaisi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 8 interacted with floor leaders of various parties via a video conference. Floor leaders of all those parties which have a combined strength of more than five MPs in both houses of Parliament were asked to part in the video interaction with the PM.

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Owaisi targets govt for dithering on hydroxychloroquine exports to US

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All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has renewed his tirade against the government for allegedly relaxing the export norms for Hydroxychloroquine.

In his latest tweet on Tuesday, the AIMIM strongman took a potshot at the much vaunted friendship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.

Owaisi’s stated sarcastically in his tweet directed at the Prime Minister, “Howdy @PMOIndia! This is not from very long ago. Why is ‘India’s friend in the White House’ talking of retaliation? Will you tolerate this insult to Bharat?”

On Monday, India had announced a partial relaxation on the export of different pharmaceutical formulations on a need-to basis. Coming on the back of Trump’s purported threat to retaliate if India did not supply hydroxychloroquine to the US, the government’s announcement on exports relaxation has not gone down well with many in the opposition, including Owaisi.

On March 25, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) had put a freeze on exports of Hydroxychloroquine, with a provision for case-by-case exemptions on humanitarian grounds. The DGFT had announced partial exemptions on Monday.

Hydroxychloroquine is a pharmaceutical compound used in treating malaria and is currently in demand for its reported efficacy in preventing and treating many cases of coronavirus. The drug has been in particular demand in the US following a massive outbreak of coronavirus there.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, India’s External Affairs Ministry stepped in to clarify that the partial relaxation has been done on humanitarian grounds.

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This is insult to Hyderabad, Aurangabad: Owaisi

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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision not to invite him to the video conference with floor leaders of political parties on covid-19 is an insult to the people of Hyderabad and Aurangabad.

The Hyderabad MP tweeted that All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) not being invited to the video conference is an insult to the proud people of Aurangabad and Hyderabad.

“Are they lesser humans because they chose AIMIM. Please explain why they’re not worthy of your kind attention? As MPs it’s our job to represent to you the economic & humanitarian misery of our people,” said Owaisi who tagged Prime Minister’s Office.

Owaisi said people of Hyderabad and Aurangabad elected him and Imtiaz Jaleel respectively so that they will raise their issues. “Now, we’re being denied an audience with His Highness. Hyderabad has 93 active covid-19 cases, I want to put forth our ideas on how we can fight this pandemic & identify areas where we’re lacking,” he added.

The Hyderabad MP also posted the press release from Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi. According to the release, Modi will be interacting with floor leaders of political parties (who have more than 5 MPs in Parliament combining Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha) through video conference at 11 a.m. on April 8. This video conference pertains to covid-19 related issues, it said.

AIMIM has only two members in Lok Sabha and it has no representation in Rajya Sabha.

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Tablighi Jamaat spurs political slugfest between MIM, BJP in Telangana

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In Telangana, the BJP is locking horns with Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi over the issue of Tablighi Jamaat returnees spreading COVID-19.

On Friday, BJP’s chief spokesperson in Telangana, K. Krishna Saagar Rao slammed the MIM strongman for standing by the Tablighi Jamaat, after it emerged that its adherents had contributed to the spurt of COVID-19 cases in the country.

In his statement, Rao noted that Owaisi is yet to condemn the developments surrounding the Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin in the month of March, “and the thousands of participants who are openly defying all government directives nationally.”

“Asaduddin Owaisi has in fact openly supported this cluster, which by far is the largest infecting cluster in the entire world. Tablighi Jamaat cluster is rapidly transmitting coronavirus across India. However, Asaduddin is busy promoting these super spreaders through his supportive statements,” the statement said.

Rao defended the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives and said Owaisi had no moral right to criticise the Prime Minister.

Earlier this week, the MIM chief from Hyderabad had come out in the defence of the Tablighi Jamaat after it emerged that members of the organisation had a major role in the spread of COVID-19 across the country, particularly in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He had come out strongly against alleged attempts to communalise the COVID-19 issue by tarnishing the Tablighi Jamaat.

Around 1,000 people from Telangana are believed to have participated in the Tablighi Jamaat event at Delhi between March 15-17, and returned to their homes in the state. A large number of the participants had contracted COVID-19 at the event and the authorities are trying to locate them all in an effort to contain the spread of the infection.

Telangana’s total COVID-19 positive cases on Friday reached 229 and the death toll stood at 9.

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Coronavirus victims are martyrs: Owaisi

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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Thursday that those who died due to Covid-19 are martyrs.

The Hyderabad MP tweeted that those who die in epidemics get the status of martyrs in Islam and burial of martyrs does not require ‘ghusl’ (bath) or ‘kafan’ (shroud).

Owaisi said ‘namaz-e-janazah’ of such martyrs should offered immediately and the burial should be completed in the presence of few people.

The MP’s statement came at a time when the family members of those who died of Covid-19 are undergoing traumatic moments due to strict restrictions in disposal of bodies.

The pandemic has so far claimed nine lives in Telangana. All of them had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month.

The bodies of the deceased are not being given ‘ghusl’, nor they are being clothed before burial. The guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry allow the presence of only couple of relatives of the deceased.

The burial is being conducted under strict supervision of the authorities concerned and as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) laid down by the Centre for disposal of such bodies to prevent possible infection.

The SOP does not permit any family member to touch, kiss or hug the dead body.

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Owaisi call to muslims to worship at home: Corona threat

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MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi appealed to his party workers and muslims all over the country not to leave their homes for prayers. He called upon them to cooperate with the police and civic officials and with the governments in making lockdowns a success. This is in the interests of everybody’s health. Owaisi’s call came in the wake of repeated incidents of police resorting to lathicharge on worshippers at masjids.

At many places, the muslims are continuing to congregate at masjids and offering prayers. But the government has not spared temples, masjids and churches from lockdown. The epidemic threat does not spare anybody. Owaisi pointed out to the devotees that even the Muslim Personal Law Board has given a call for worshipping at home.

Owaisi said that it was the duty and responsibility of each and every muslim to follow personal discipline. The immediate duty is to fight against coronavirus threat.

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