During an election campaign in Hyderabad, Chandrayangutta All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidate Akbaruddin Owaisi claimed that if the culprits of the 2002 Gujarat massacre had been held accountable during the UPA rule, Narendra Modi would not have become India’s prime minister.
Akbaruddin Owaisi, addressing a public gathering in Salam Chowk, Talabkatta, under the Yakhutpura constituency, claimed that the lack of justice in crucial cases, such as the Gujarat riots and the Bilkis Banu rape case, led to PM Modi’s political success. He was dissatisfied that the criminals implicated in these situations were not prosecuted but instead released.
The Gujarat riots happened in 2002, during the tenure of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). India’s prime minister was Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the Union home minister was L K Advani. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) took power two years after the riots in 2004.
Akbaruddin Owaisi also chastised Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Revanth Reddy, claiming that persons with RSS ties are in charge of the Congress. He made fun of Reddy, comparing him to a “Nizam who stays on a hillock.”
Regarding his party’s stance on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Akbaruddin Owaisi noted that he has been a vocal critic of these policies in the Assembly, highlighting the detrimental effects for the Muslim community.
AIMIM has won the last two state Assembly elections from Chandrayangutta, as well as in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh since 1999. Telangana voters will go to the polls on November 30, with results due on December 3.
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