Hyderabad: All of India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslim president Asaduddin Owaisi countered the arguments of the Bharatiya Janata Party to storm Hyderabad, pointing out that the BJP in the Hyderabad parliamentary portion had not been able to make any effect on the MIM’s bastion.
After the results of the December 1 elections came out, Owaisi told the media that wherever Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath had campaigned, the MIM had gone and defeated the BJP there.
“There are 44 divisions in the Hyderabad parliamentary district. “We contested at 34 and won 33 just like last time,” he said, also coming down heavily on the national media, saying that if they wanted to keep singing praises to the BJP, they should announce that they were the “band party” of the BJP and do so.
“Don’t shoot my shoulders off though. The position of the BJP in our house is very clear. “We went wherever Yogi and Amit Shah campaigned and defeated them there he said, adding that the MIM and its supporters had retaliated with a “democratic strike” in response to the BJP’s threat of a surgical strike in the Old City.
On the pledge of the BJP to change Hyderabad’s name, Owaisi said Yogi Adityanath should first see that in Uttar Pradesh the unconstitutional laws passed by the BJP are stopped.
The Hyderabad MP previously said the victory of the MIM was a product of strong team work. The party contested in the Hyderabad parliamentary constituency in 34 divisions and won 33, 12 in Secunderabad and nine, two in Chevella and both won.
It took 44 out of the total of 51 divisions in which it contested as opposed to the 60 in 2016, just like the previous election.
“It’s the best strike rate I’ve considered,” he said, adding that all elected companies will start operating in their divisions from Saturday itself.
In response to a question as to whether the AIMIM would help the TRS in electing the Mayor, Owaisi said that before making a decision, he would hold a meeting with his party officials.
“A decision is to be taken and we will surely take one,” he said.
In response to another question, Owaisi also claimed that unless invited to do so he would stick to his decision that the MIM would not challenge Assam and Kerala.
“In Assam, there is the All India United Democratic Front and Kerala has the Muslim League of the Indian Union. Both are established and I will not go there unless they need me and invite me when there is a situation,” he said. (INN)