[AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi addressing a public meeting at Pathardewa constituency district Deoria in UttarPradesh on Wednesday March 01, 2017]
Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh): All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday while addressing a ally in Masasi, Pathardeva Deoria district highlighted the party's Telangana success story and work done by his MLAs in the state to seek votes in Uttar Pradesh.
Urging the people of Uttar Pradesh to vote for the AIMIM candidates, Asaduddin Owaisi said though his party has just seven legislators in Telangana, he has ensured that the state government opened 70 residential schools for Muslims to study.
"Over 12,000 students are enrolled here and food, uniforms and other facilities were available free of cost," he said while exhorting the people to vote for AIMIM candidates who are in the fray in 40 assembly constituencies.
Asaduddin Owaisi, who respresents Hyderabad in the Parliament, has fielded AIMIM candidates for the first time in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The AIMIM had earlier participated in local elections and won seats.
While attacking the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Samajwdai Party (SP) in his soppech Owaisi claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav were hand in glove with each other against the Muslims, and also termed Akhilesh Yadav "an anti-Muslim leader".
Referring to a statement of former Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav in which he had publicly said that his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was anti-Muslim, Owaisi said that "people have to decide whom to believe when a father has said so about his own son".
The AIMIM, originally based in Hyderabad, also contested state polls in Maharashtra and Bihar. While the party won two seats in Maharashtra, it could not garner support for the party candidates in Bihar.
Owaisi however is criss-crossing Uttar Pradesh and addressing rallies almost on daily basis to win support of the people. His rallies are attended by large number of people. But, results on March 11 will only show if the crowd in his rallies is converted into votes.