All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that he is against the ideology of Hindutva and not Hindus. He also demanded restoration of reservation facilities for Muslims in Maharashtra and said that he would not sit quietly till the reservation demand is fulfilled.
Mr Owaisi was speaking at a public rally at Nagpur on Saturday evening. His public meeting was allowed by the police despite strong objections raised by the local unit of BJP and Shiv Sena, who maintained that allowing Mr Owaisi to speak would disturb communal harmony.
“I am not against Hindus but against the ideology of Hindutva and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),” Mr Owaisi said. “Let the RSS bosses get the message loud and clear, I will not sit quiet till this demand of reservation for Muslims is accepted by the Maharashtra government,” he added demanding reservation benefits to the community.
He claimed that injustice had been done to Muslims with the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government refusing to introduce a Bill in the last winter session of state Assembly to replace the ordinance promulgated by the erstwhile Congress-NCP government for providing reservation in government jobs and education to the community.
Referring to the figures from Sachar Committee, he said that Muslim youths are very backward in education and employment. “The community lacks access to even basic amenities. In this backdrop, why is the state denying their due right of reservation facilities?,” Mr Owaisi asked.
Referring to the slogan given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’, he said that the Prime Minister should pick up the phone and tell the Maharashtra chief minister to restore the benefit of quota to Muslims so that their conditions can be improved.