New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday launched a scathing attack on the opposition alliance, accusing the INDIA bloc of denying him a ‘ticket’ on the grounds that ‘they won’t get a Hindu vote’.
Explaining why AIMIM did not join the INDIA coalition to take on the BJP-led NDA in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, Owaisi said, "We are not in the INDIA Alliance and I don’t care about it. It would be suffocating there. Why are they not standing up against the BJP on their ideology. They told that if they give us a ticket, they won’t get a Hindu vote."
"I am saying this openly, they say this behind closed walls," he added.
#WATCH | Delhi: AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi says, "…We are not in the INDIA Alliance and I don’t care about it… It would be suffocating there. Why are they not standing up against the BJP on their ideology… They told that if they give us a ticket, they won’t get a Hindu… pic.twitter.com/UO9ZLRDb87
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He further stated, "My orientation does not accept that Muslims should not contest elections. I think Muslims should participate in elections. You won’t win unless you fight. Even if you lose, standing up in elections is necessary. You will never win if you don’t contest elections fearing defeat. You need to lose twice or thrice before you win."
Taking a dig at the Congress party, AIMIM Chief said that ‘Secratian politics’ has been going on since 1950 and did not start in 2014, hinting at the fact that Muslim politicians have been marginalized since the Congress rule.
"Sectarian politics against Muslims has been going on since 1950, it did not begin in 2014. The environment has been rough for Muslims since the beginning," he alleged.
Owaisi also attacked Congress leader and MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi during his speech. He said, "Rahul Gandhi lost in Amethi but won in Wayanad. Asaduddin Owaisi did not contest elections there. I did not have any deal with the BJP there. He won from Wayanad because there is the Muslim League there. Muslim League saved him from drowning."