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Asaduddin Owaisi a lion, UP Muslim MLAs slaves: MIM leaders
Akbaruddin Owaisi has courage to see government eye to eye, they say in party's Uttar Pradesh rally
Friday February 13, 2015 6:34 PM, & Agencies

Kick-starting its campaign in Uttar Pradesh to prepare ground for entry into the important north Indian state, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leaders Thursday praised party chief Asaduddin Owaisi and his younger brother Akbaruddin while terming the state Muslim MLAs as slaves.

Asaduddin Owaisi
[MIM Chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi in a file photo.]

"Our leader Asaduddin Owaisi is 'lion of Islam' and his brother Akbaruddin has the courage to see the government eye to eye," said Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, party's MLA in Telangana, while addressing a rally held at Muslim-dominated Partawal on Paniyara road in Maharajganj district.

The area also has a strong presence of activists belonging to Hindu Yuva Vahini, which has support from BJP's Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath.

"If we had a presence in Uttar Pradesh, Muzaffarnagar riots would not have occurred. Even Babri Masjid would not have been demolished", he added.

Sounding a warning to the Akhilesh Yadav government, Pasha said: "Rulers of Uttar Pradesh, your future will be ruined. Whole world will see. If you had not tortured our brothers, Majlis would not have come here."

He also pitched for giving a push to Urdu, saying the language was dying in the state.

"No Muslim MLA has raised the issue. I demand from the government that all offices should have boards in Urdu language," he said.

Former mayor of Hyderabad Majid Hussain too stepped up the rhetoric, claiming Muslims were the "second-class citizens in UP" and all Muslim legislators were "slaves of their masters".

He also challenged the UP government saying: "You keep on heaping problems on us and now we are here to solve them."

Another AIMIM leader from Hyderabad, Syed Khizar Pasha, however, spoke about the political ideas of his party and said AIMIM would "embrace" backwards classes and Muslims in the state, according to the Indian Express.

"We are the voice of Muslims in UP. If you want respect for your mothers and sisters then join us. It is your (government) job to torture us and it is our task to oppose it," he said.

AIMIM workers from adjoining districts – Azamgarh, Faizabad and Gorakhpur – and office bearers from Lucknow had reached there to attend the meeting.

Local administration had given the permission for the rally ater much deliberations and ony for four hours.

Earlier, Asaduddin Owaisi was denied permission to hold rallies in Uttar Pradesh.

The MIM, which already has a strong position in Hyderabad is trying to expand its base in other state. The party had won two seats in Maharashtra in its first state election outside Telangana.

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