AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi raised alarm about the population-based delimitation of parliamentary constituencies, claiming that it might spark a big social uprising. He agreed with Working President of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) KT Rama Rao that population-based delimitation would unfairly affect southern states that have successfully regulated population increase in conformity with central government objectives.
Owaisi emphasised that penalising states for population control is problematic, particularly when their total fertility rates are lower than the national average. He questioned how states that had successfully regulated population could be penalised by cutting their parliamentary seats, so restricting their power in national government formation.
He urged that the BJP and the Sangh Parivar clarify their position on population growth, given they frequently express concern over it. Owaisi also reacted to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statement comparing Muslims in India today to Dalits in the 1980s. He reminded Gandhi that during Congress’s control in the 1980s, some of the worst anti-Muslim riots and brutality against Sikhs occurred. He cited recent occurrences in congressionally controlled states that have harmed minority groups.
Owaisi criticised lawmakers for competing in exhibiting their Hindu identity, claiming that it has impacted Muslim participation and interests in Parliament and assembly. He spoke out against political secularism, claiming that it has marginalised Muslims.
Regarding Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Owaisi declared that he would not assist him in his efforts to overturn a Supreme Court judgement providing the state government control over services in the city. He questioned Kejriwal’s past support for Prime Minister Modi’s intention to remove Article 370, accusing him of attempting to prove himself a more powerful Hindu. Owaisi stated unequivocally that he would not back Kejriwal and accused him of practising true Hindutva.
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