AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi finds himself in yet another controversy, with BJP, Congress and JD(U) lashing out at the leader for his decision to provide legal help to men arrested for allegedly being members of an ISIS module.
Owaisi on Friday said his party would provide legal help to the youths arrested by the NIA on charges of involvement in an alleged ISIS terror module, but asserted his party does not support terrorism.
A petition seeking a sedition case against AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi was filed in a court in Meerut even as BJP and JD(U) today demanded action against him and his immediate arrest.
Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Owaisi’s statement boosted the morale of the terrorists.
“One should not fall so low in politics that they begin to appear favouring terrorists and terrorism. Play politics and take on the opposition, but don’t do something which shows that you are on the side of terrorism,” Naqvi said.
Condemning Owaisi’s decision to back the IS suspects, he further said that his decision would not be accepted by anyone across the country no matter his or her religion.
Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh demanded immediate arrest of the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad and asked the TRS government to register a sedition case against the leader of the Hyderabad-based party.
Congress on its part cautioned the Centre and various state governments to monitor Asaduddin Owaisi’s activities. Congress alleged the AIMIM president’s intention is to garner votes for his party, adding that he could go to any limit to achieve the same.
“Owaisi has been part of that divide and gain vote. I think he must be put under surveillance because his activities are something which needs to be closely observed,” Congress leader Tom Vaddakan said.
The Janata Dal (United) has demanded his arrest besides the cancellation of membership as a parliamentarian.
“There is uniform civil code in many states..so does that make those states Hindu or Catholic? But it definitely creates the Islamic states. Owaisi is the greatest anti-national. He said he will provide legal aid to the people associated with the ISIS. Such kind of persons should be put behind the bars and their Parliament membership must be cancelled,” JD (U) leader Ajay Alok said.
(With inputs from Agencies)