Come December 8 and the United Muslim Action Committee (UMAC) will change its tune of 2004 when it had sought Muslim votes for the Congress in districts. This time around, they will implore the electorate to do the opposite, the committee's leaders said on Tuesday.
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi will travel to Nizamabad for the first public meeting outside Hyderabad since he broke ties with the ruling Congress party and plans to expand the base of the party beyond the walls of the Old City.
Owaisi and UMAC are readying themselves for the statewide tour which will begin on Fort Road in Nizamabad on Saturday, followed by another meeting in Tandur on January 25.
With Parliament in session, all efforts are being made to accommodate the packed schedule of Owaisi who will shuttle between Delhi and Andhra Pradesh regularly for the next couple of months. Party sources said the MIM leader, accompanied by key lieutenants, will do an extensive tour of Telangana districts such as Karimnagar, Adilabad, Medak and Khammam to woo Muslim voters.
"It is time to oust the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government. I will tell 80 lakh Muslims of the state, please wake up and do not vote for the Congress ever again. They have let you down," Owaisi told a packed audience in Darusalam on Sunday night.
During his tour spread over several months, Owaisi will also travel to Rayalaseema areas such as Adoni and Kadapa and Vijayawada in Andhra. "We will have a meeting this week to chalk out a proper plan. There will be heavy activity in January," said a senior party source.