22 October, 2020

Arrested Growth?

Will the Owaisi arrests prove a self-goal by CM Kiran Kumar?

Arrested Growth?

When MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi was arrested for making inflammatory speeches in Adilabad and Nizamabad, it was deemed as a natural consequence of breaking the law (Sec 121). But even neutral Muslim groups saw the application of law as selective. The MIM’s politics has always revolved around “you and us” speeches which ruling parties hitherto had mostly ignored. With the arrest of older brother and MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi in a 2005 assault case, however, the word vendetta has gathered steam. Even Congress leaders are saying chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is out to prove a personal point by digging up old cases against the Owaisis and putting them behind bars. Besides, other MIM leaders such as Ahmed Pasha Qadri, Virasat Rasool Khan, Afsar Khan, Mumtaz Khan, Ahmed Balala, Muazzam Khan are also facing cases now.

A senior Congress MP says that Kiran Kumar is actually contributing to Muslim radicalisation through the tactless arrests. “As a CM, his contribution is zero. Now his sole contribution is that he is bringing in MIM as a force in Telangana...



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