Hyderabad: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has asked why losses were not recovered from those who indulged in damage to public property during the Jat agitation in Haryana, while money is proposed to be recovered by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the recent anti-CAA protests.
Owaisi, who was addressing a protest meeting at Sangareddy town near here against the amended citizenship law, also said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan need not worry about Indian Muslims. The AIMIM president also announced that a protest meeting would be held at the Charminar here on January 25 against the CAA, adding, “We will hoist the tricolour on January 25 midnight and recite the national anthem. The meeting will be to save the Constitution and the country.” On January 10, a peaceful march would also be taken out in Hyderabad against the CAA, he said.
Talking about the violent protests against CAA in UP, Owaisi said he condemned violence wherever it occurred but would like to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi whether the Prevention of Destruction of Public Property Act, 1984 applied to them (UP incidents) or not. He claimed destruction of properties worth Rs 2,000 crore occurred in the Jat agitation in Haryana in 2015. “Destruction of Rs 2,000 crore. Modiji, you have taken money from how many? Have you taken money from those people? One paisa was not taken. Why? You did not take because they were not Muslims. Is this not a violation of Article 14 of our Constitution,” he said.
More than 600 police vehicles were burnt and more than 1,800 government buildings were damaged during Patel agitation in Gujarat, he claimed. “Why are (you) doing this injustice that you will not take from Gujaratis, but recover money from Muslims,” he said.