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MIM sends legal notice to Praniti Shinde, demands apology within a week
Sunday November 9, 2014 11:30 PM, Staff Writer

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Saturday sent a legal notice to Sholapur MLA and daughter of former union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Praniti Shinde, asking her to tender unconditional apology within eight days.

Owaisi Shinde

If Praniti failed to tender apology within the stipulated period, the MIM will file a criminal case in the court, the notice said.

The notice issued by Advocate Khizar Patel on behalf of the MIM further stated that the comments made by Praniti were baseless, defamatory and misleading. It said the MIM was registered 57 years back and had right to contest elections.

Speaking in the Solapur district last week, Praniti Shinde said that MIM had a divisive agenda.

"I am not speaking against any specific community. But if a party talks about dividing the communities, they are speaking against India," she said.

"Not only in Solapur, but they have made inflammatory comments in other places in Maharashtra, in Hyderabad and in Andhra Pradesh," said, Shinde, the MLA from Solapur city-central.

President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi while reacting on Priniti's comments had threatened to file a defamation case against her if she did not apologise for her derogatory remarks.

"The MIM is a registered political party, and the party and its leaders are part of the nation building programs like others in the country", said Owaisi adding that Shinde's controversial statement smacked of Congress hypocrisy.

"Why is she calling for a ban on us now? Nobody spoke of a ban when we supported the Congress from 2004 to 2012. It was we who bailed out the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh in 2011 when the main opposition party, the Telugu Desam Party, tabled a no-confidence motion," he added.

On Shinde's demand that speeches of MIM leaders ought to be carefully studied and police action initiated against them, Owaisi dared the Solapur city central MLA to come forward and present any speech by any MIM leader as evidence.

Owaisi said that the MIM's success in the recent Maharashtra Assembly election had led to her outburst.

"Our decision to contest the Maharashtra election and our success in Solapur has thoroughly shaken Shinde. Solapur is not the private property of the Shindes. Any party can contest elections in India anywhere," he said.

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