The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will now hold a rally in Mumbai in the first week of March after the Mumbai Police denied the party permission for a rally on Saturday that was to be addressed by party leader Akbaruddin Owaisi.
MIM leaders claimed the police requested them to postpone the programme citing reports that an untoward incident could occur during the rally. “The Mumbai Police requested us that we should not hold a rally today (Saturday) as they believed an untoward incident could occur during the function. They have assured us that we can hold a rally anytime in the future. In order to avoid a law and order problem in our area, we decided not to hold today’s rally,” MIM MLA from Byculla Waris Pathan said.
Owaisi, who was supposed to thank Byculla’s voters for electing MIM’s candidate from his rally, had to limit himself to inaugurating a party office at Clare Road. Owaisi avoided speaking to the media.
The MIM had faced similar problems in Pune where its request to hold a function in an open ground was turned down and the party was instead asked to hold the function indoors.
In Mumbai, however, the party was given an NOC to hold a rally at Byculla and it had also paid fees to the Municipal Corporation for the same. “A hall can hold no more than a 1000 people. Thousands turn up for Owaisi’s rally. We did not want to be responsible for any untoward incident that could have occurred in a small area,” a senior MIM leader said.
The party tried all that it could to hold the rally, with two party MLAs even meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to plead their case.
“We gave a memorandum to the CM and he assured us he would take up the issue with the Commissioner. However, we do not want to get into a confrontation and cause any problems. We respect the state and as they have assured us we will take the rally later in March,” MIMs MLA from Pune Imtiyaz Jaleel said.
Kurla court issues fresh summons to Owaisi
A court in Kurla on Friday issued fresh summons through Mumbai police to Akbaruddin Owaisi, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MP from Hyderabad, for an alleged hate speech in 2012.
The metropolitan magistrate court was hearing a complaint filed by advocate G H Khan, which alleged that Owaisi’s speech made derogatory remarks against Hindu Gods.
Owaisi has been summoned twice in the past by the court.
Khan told the court, “Earlier, efforts were made to serve the summons to the accused through the police in Hyderabad, but it seems he is avoiding it…. Owaisi resides in another state and summons could not be served to him by the local police as he was a politically influential person.”
Khan thus sought that Owaisi be summoned through the Mumbai police when he came to the city on Saturday to address a rally at Nagpada.
While accepting the submissions made by Khan, the court said, “I issue fresh summons to the accused through senior police station officer of Kurla or Nagpada and report the compliance.” ENS