Hyderabad: Facing tough fight from rival parties, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi played 'beef card' in the upcoming Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) eletcions with BJP hitting back saying the party doesn't need the beef eaters' support.
Owaisi, during his election campaign in Uppuguda area in old city on Monday, said, “If the Majlis does not come to power then there is a scope for a ban on beef in the city. I am not saying this to scare you, but take the example of Mumbai where BJP-Shiv Sena combine closed down meat shops for six to eight days.”
Asaduddin Owaisi, MP Hyderabad, also said that the poor cannot afford mutton. “If someone else comes to power, they would do it on pretext of faith. Poor people will be deprived of beef while the traders lose their means of livelihood,” Owaisi said during the public address.
Experessing concerns over the safety of Muslims in the city, Owaisi cited the episode of the lynching of a Muslim in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri by fundamentalists for alleged beef-eating.
Responding to these comments, BJP legislator from Goshamahal Raja Singh said those who eat beef need not vote for him.
“It is my personal opinion. I would request people not to slaughter cow or bull. Moreover, people who eat cow or bull meat should not vote for me,” he told a vernacular television channel
Singh, who had opposed a beef festival organised by the Dalit students in Osmania University, said his party would go to any extent to protect the cow.
"We want votes of only those who protect and save the cow," he added.
AIMIM and Congress currently shared power in the municipal corporation in the last term. .