Samajwadi Party finds new ally to keep Asaduddin Owaisi at bay

Sources in SP said Saturday’s dharna “serves a dual purpose” — it shows that the party stands in solidarity with the five men killed in the encounter and exposes Owaisi, they said.

Lucknow | Updated: June 14, 2015 2:11 am
AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, lk advani, atal bihari vajpayee All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi

Worried over the rising influence of Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi among Muslim voters in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party has joined hands with Hyderabad-based outfit Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) — a splinter group of the AIMIM.

The SP’s Telangana unit, led by its Maharashtra president Abu Azmi, staged a joint dharna with MBT leaders Saturday in Hyderabad, demanding an inquiry into the encounter killings of five alleged SIMI men in Telangana on April 7. Last month, Azmi had given Rs 4 lakh each to the families of three of these men.

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Sources in SP said Saturday’s dharna “serves a dual purpose” — it shows that the party stands in solidarity with the five men killed in the encounter and exposes Owaisi, they said.

“He (Owaisi) fools Muslims with his claim of reaching UP within one hour of any incident but he never turned up when five Muslim youths were murdered by the police in his state. His party is part of the government yet he remained silent,” Azmi said while speaking to The Sunday Express over phone.

He also claimed that Owaisi “only misguides Muslims with his oratory skills and fiery speeches”. “He is, in fact, doing more harm to the community by dividing secular votes,” the SP leader said.

MBT leader Amjadullah Khan termed AIMIM “an agent of the RSS which plays the role of dividing Muslim votes”.
The AIMIM has already set up active units in Uttar Pradesh’s 52 districts.

Abu Azmi booked for ‘provocative’ speech
Hyderabad: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi and two leaders of Majlis Bachao Tahreek were booked Saturday for allegedly giving provocative speeches and promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, police said. Azmi and the others were speaking at an event here Friday night. PTI

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  1. K
    Jun 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    In india if all 80% of hindus get united then it's a clear win for BJP.... Should leave other communities behind...
    1. I
      Jun 14, 2015 at 2:31 am
      Whatever steps SP takes against AIMIM but looser will be only SP. Muslims in UP are not anymore with BJP or SP.
      1. I
        Irfan Alam
        Jun 17, 2015 at 11:13 am
        What about the murder and slaughter of Muslims during the Muzaffarnagar riots? Where were Mulayam and Akhilesh then? What about the en me voting of the Yadavs in favor of the BJP? The SP is now exposed as a tool in the hands of the Sanghis. Both Mulayam and Akhilesh are nothing but their er boys. It is high time for the Muslims of UP to 'Juric' park these rascals in the dustbin of history. Would love to see Owaisi take over in the successful manner that he has done things in Maharashtra.
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          Braj Mohan
          Jun 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm
          You are right and bad worst this Asauddin was well aware about riots as he clearly mentioned in Arnab Goswami interview now who ever do religious politics should be eliminated ,,,, already our country is divided and no way again it should be repeated
          1. L
            Jun 27, 2015 at 11:38 am
            Now SP and MIM will be fighting like mad street dogs. Good tamasha. SP made an attempt to free SIMI undertrails. Now if MIM gains foot hold in UP then SIMI will walk out of jail with red carpet. The Hindu news paper will give good coverage citing that innocents have been implicated.
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