Mumbai: Rejecting the allegations linking his party with drug peddling by Nitesh Rane - Congress MLA and son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane, Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday challenged him to file a case.
[President of MIM and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi with party MLA from Aurangabad Imtiyaz Jaleel in a file photo.]
"It's a sheer nonsense, and totally unfound", a furious Asaduddin Owaisi said while talking to ummid.com.
"Instead of making allegations in the media, he should go to the police or Election Commission, show them evidence and file a case", he said.
Owaisi was responding to Nitesh Rane's allegations that the MIM was using drugs to lure Muslim youths.
"MIM is spreading its wings among the youth in the community through drugs. The party is not only a threat to the country and politics, but also to the future of Muslim youths," Nitesh told reporters.
He said he would write to the Election Commission to debar the Hyderabad-based political outfit from contesting election in future.
Nitesh said he was levelling the allegation based on the "experiences" he had while campaigning for his father in the bypoll.
The allegations have also been refuted by MIM MLA from Byculla in South Mumbai Waris Pathan.
“I was the one who raised the issue of MD drugs in the Assembly, and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the MD drug would be included in the NPDS Act", he added.
“Why will my party indulge in such activities? This is nothing but frustration after losing the election. If there was substance to his charges, why did he keep quiet till the results?” Pathan asked.
“He should have then filed a police complaint. I am ready to accompany him to the police,” Pathan added.
MIM, led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, had put up an impressive show in the state assembly elections last year, winning two seats in debut.
In the prestigious contest fought on the home turf of Thackeray clan in Bandra (East), Shiv Sena's Trupti Sawant trounced Rane, a former Sainik, by a margin of over 19,000 votes while the MIM candidate Siraj Rehbar Khan polled over 15,000 votes.
Immediately after the results, Narayan Rane accepted the defeat owning the responsibility of the result. A day later, while his son levelled charges against the MIM, Rane himself said there was a conspiracy by some Congress leaders to stop him from entering into the state assembly.