Bengaluru: The All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to challenge the denial by the Bengaluru police permission to hold the party rally in the city scheduled to be addressed by its president Asaduddin Owaisi.
"Denying permission amounts to infringement of freedom of expression and the right of a political party to carry on its legitimate activities", spokesperson of the AIMIM Bengaluru Ahmed Bin Abdulla Balala said in a statement.
"The party would challenge the denial before the court of law and with the Karnataka State Election Commission", he added.
The AIMIM also charged the ruling Congress government for allegedly misusing the power and using police machinery to scuttle the public meeting and entry of Owasi.
Balala also hinted that the party may go ahead with the meeting since it is contesting the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council elections.
The city police has once again cited Law and Order issue to ban Asaduddin Owaisi's rally in Bengaluru.
This is the third time the Bengaluru police has banned Asaduddin Owaisi, a parlaimentarian who represents Hyderabad, from holding a rally in the city.
In Februray this year, Asaduddin Owaisi resorted to 'Gandhigiri' and offered flowers to additional police commissioner Noorullah Shareef to protest a similar ban.
Owaisi insisted Shareef to accept flowers much to the amusement of onlookers as he came to his office to serve the notice barring his entry into Bangaluru from February 19-25.
The notice cited court cases against Owaisi and the content of his speeches to bar his entry in the run up to the Bengaluru civic polls for which the MIM plans to field its candidates.
The officer seemed baffled at the unusual gesture and repeatedly said he cannot accept the flowers as a government servant.
"I am offering you flowers. I am not garlanding you," said Owaisi. When Shareef declined, Owaisi asked him to pass on the flowers to his superiors on whose orders the notice was being served.