Nanded, May 31: After the historic victory in the municipal elections of Nanded, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen is aiming to expand the party across the State of Maharashtra.
Addressing a massive public meeting at Hydera Bagh Water Tank Ground in Veglur of Nanded, MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi thanked the residents of Nanded for ensuring the victory of MIM candidates. He expressed confidence that the newly elected corporators would not only strengthen the party, but they would expand the party’s base across Maharashtra.
Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that the Congress party tried all means to defeat MIM in Nanded municipal elections. Despite misuse of power and money, the MIM emerged victorious by signalling the beginning of a new chapter in Maharashtra politics.
The Hyderabad MP praised MIM’s Nanded president Syed Moinuddin for displaying his leadership skills in mobilising help for the riot-hit Muslims of Assam. He said an amount of Rs 4.55 lakh was contributed by people of Nanded towards relief and rehabilitation works in Assam and the same amount was sent to the victims through Lok Sabha MP Moulana Badruddin.
MIM President appreciated the work done by Nanded’s MIM corporators in putting an end to the regular load-shedding in the old city of Nanded. Similarly, through continuous protests and representations, the MIM coroporators resolved the issue of garbage dumping ground which was pending for the last 40 years. He said that the MIM workers and leaders have staged a dharna before the Nanded District Collectorate against the atrocities and biased attitude of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad against innocent Muslim youth.
Asaduddin Owaisi said that the minorities constitute about 17 per cent of Maharashtra population. However, the Congress-NCP Government had allocated a mere Rs 280 crore in the State budget towards their welfare. As per the report of Maharashtra Commission, Muslims were less educated and tops in the list of communities who could not earn degrees. He blamed the Congress-NCP combine for the backwardness of Muslims and Dalits in the State.
The MIM president informed that nearly six per cent of bank accounts are possessed by Muslims. However, their share in loans is less than two per cent. Of 1.80 lakh police personnel in Maharashtra, only 1,945 are Muslims. Nearly 16,000 cases are under trial against Muslims. Of 7,950 convicts in Maharashtra, 2,513 or nearly 25 per cent are Muslims. They include Muslims under the age group of 18-30 years who are languishing in different jails. At least 25 per cent of them are so poor that they do not have money to contest their case in court.
Asaduddin Owaisi demanded that the Maharashtra Government take stern action against the ATS officials who implicated nine innocent Muslim youth in the Malegaon blast case. He said the investigation by the National Investigation Agency has exposed the involvement of right-wing terrorists.
Earlier, MIM’s Nanded president Syed Moin slammed the efforts made by some brokers of Congress party to defame the MIM. He said efforts were also made to restrict the entry of Asaduddin Owaisi in Nanded. However, the opponents failed in all their attempts.
MIM MLA Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, in his speech, listed out the struggle and achievements of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen under the leadership of late Salar-e-Millat Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi. He said the party has been expanding under the leadership of Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddin Owaisi.
Local MIM leaders Naymet Khan, Farhan Sajjad, Qasim Shaeen, Sarfaraz Alam, Mohammad Saleem and others also addressed the meeting.