Muslims' voting rights: Owaisi hits out at Sena, seeks action against 'Saamana' editor

Hyderabad: Hitting out at Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut for demanding revocation of voting rights of Muslims, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi today said the BJP cannot dissociate itself from his statement and asked it to take action against him.

"He (Raut) has no right whatsoever to seek such a revocation of any Indian. He has no right whatsoever, leave aside Muslims," Owaisi told PTI here.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party president Asaduddin Owais. Photo: AFP

"The real agenda of fascist Hindu forces is being exposed now. Their ideology is to promote hatred. Shiv Sena is not just an ally of BJP, but they are sharing power. Now does the ruling party (BJP) share the same views?" the MP from Hyderabad sought to know.

"They (BJP) cannot disassociate saying it's an individual opinion and he (Raut) is a fringe element. They should take action. He is not a fringe element. He is the main element.

When PM (Narendra Modi) speaks at a UN forum (during his ongoing foreign visit), their ally speaks like this," he said.

Also read: Revoke Muslims' voting right to stop vote-bank politics: Shiv Sena

Owaisi said the comments of Raut, the editor of Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', are also an embarrassment to union ministers Najma Heptulla and Muqtar Abbas Naqvi as their voting rights are also sought to be revoked if one goes by Raut's argument.

Shiv Sena had yesterday courted controversy by demanding scrapping of voting rights of Muslims, saying the community has often been used for vote bank politics, evoking sharp reactions from several political parties which accused it of trying to inflame passions and divide people.

"Vote bank politics is being played in the name of fighting against the injustice meted out to Muslims. Their educational and health status is being used politically. This politics was once played by the Congress and now every other person calls himself secular," an editorial in 'Saamana'yesterday said.

Under attack, the Sena later sought to downplay the issue, contending that the party is against "appeasement politics".

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