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I am not playing beef politics: Asaduddin

I am not playing beef politics: Asaduddin
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MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday denied that he was playing beef politics. He, however, said he had raised the issue to drive his point home that the poor Dalits and Muslims are oppressed by rising prices. Addressing a huge gathering at Khilwat grounds on the last day of GHMC campaign, he criticised the Modi government for failing to curb price rise. 

Hyderabad: MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday denied that he was playing “beef politics.” He, however, said he had raised the issue to drive his point home that the poor Dalits and Muslims are oppressed by rising prices. Addressing a huge gathering at Khilwat grounds on the last day of GHMC campaign, he criticised the Modi government for failing to curb price rise.

The prices of pulses were skyrocketing. The poor Dalits and Muslims were unable to buy even a kg of pulses to feed their families. The poor would prefer to buy half-a- kg of beef to feed the children because its costs Rs 120. None would force anyone to eat beef, he said. Asaduddin Owaisi pointed out that after coming to power in Maharastra BJP had banned the beef and it led to hundreds of persons being thrown out of jobs.

The left hundreds of unemployed and affected the traditional dishes like naan-kadai. The Qureshi community whose families completely depended on the beef for their livelihood have been pushed to the brink. “If I start beef politics, it would not be good. I am living in a world of reality and speaking the truth,” he said.

While condemning the Alair encounter, the he credited the MIM for keeping under control the communal flare-ups for the last seven years. He expressed confidence that any party which would emerge as single largest party would need MIM support in the GHMC, he said.

Referring to AICC general secretary Digvijay Sing’s criticism against him, he invited the Congress leader to embrace Islam. Despite the AICC general secretary campaigning, the Congress cannot win the GHMC elections. Akbaruddin Owaisi referred the Prime Minister as “Chai Wala” and AICC President Sonia Gandhi as “Italian.”

He said the MIM was truly a patriotic party and the traitors were those who were hurting the interests of the poor. He also criticised the TRS party for failing to keep promises. While pointing out that there were 30 lakh homeless in Hyderabad, he questioned as to how the party would provide all of them with own house. “It would take 16,000 crore for providing everyone a house in the city. “They (the TRS) are just making fake promises,” he said.

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