[Hyderabad MP and AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi talks with victims of 2006 Malegaon blasts while Maharashtra SP Chief Abu Asim Azmi looks on. (File Photo)]
Mumbai: Amid the exodus of Muslim leaders and sitting corporators from the Congress to begin a new political inning in the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), senior party leader and MLA in Telangana Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi invited Samajwadi Party (SP) Maharashtra President Abu Asim Azmi to join hands.
"Our doors are open for you. Come and join the Majlis", Akbaruddin Owaisi said, though in a sarcastic tone, to Abu Asim Azmi while addressing a rally in Govandi.
Though Akbaruddin Owaisi's open gesture to Abu Asim Azmi is clearly sarcastic, it has sent a strong political message, coming at the time when Vaqarunnisa Ansari, Municipal Corporator since last 20 years, resigned from the Congress and decided to contest the February 21 Mumbai Corporation election as AIMIM candidate.
Nizamuddin Rayeen, Chairman of Congress Minority Department, along with more than 40 of his supporters who were holding various district level posts, had also resigned from the primary membership of the Congress and joined the AIMIM in the presence of Akbaruddin Owaisi on Monday.
"If you are feeling suffocating in Samajwadi Party and are not able to work for the community, come and join Majlis", Akbaruddin Owaisi sarcastically said to Abu Asim Azmi, who is MLA from Shivaji Nagar, Mumbai.
Refuting the allegations that AIMIM will divide votes which will in turn benefit the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Akbaruddin Owaisi said, "Vote kaatne nahi, vote jodne ayee hai Majlis."
"We are contesting the elections in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra because local Muslim leaders have failed to come to the expectations of the community", he said lambasting Abu Asim Azmi, Aarif Naseem Khan, Amin Patel and other community leaders for their failure.
Listing the development work which the AIMIM has done in Hyderabad, Akbaruddin Owaisi said the party has purchased lands in Malegaon and Bhiwandi and work for a school and hospital in each of the two cities will start very soon.
"We had committed to build a hospital and establish school in Malegaon and Bhiwandi irrespective of election results. Lands for the purpose in the two cities have already been purchased and construction work will start soon", he said.
Interestigly, talks of alliance between Owaisis and Abu Asim Azmi were also abuzz ahead of 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections when according to SP sources AKbaruddin Owaisi during a visit to Mumbai met Azmi at his residence.
Owaisis have very good terms with Azmi, and AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi had shared with Azmi various platforms to fight injustice meted to the marginalised and minorities.