MP: Cong leader booked for accusing AIMIM of helping BJP in polls

FIR against Hafeez was lodged in Bhopal for his statement against Owaisi, accusing him of catching 'red-handed helping BJP'

Bhopal: An FIR was lodged against Madhya Pradesh Congress vice-president Abbas Hafeez as he called All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) a ‘B’ party of the BJP and accused its chief Asaduddin Owaisi of helping the saffron party in recently concluded urban polls in Madhya Pradesh.

Owaisi’s AIMIM contested urban body elections for the first time in Madhya Pradesh and made a remarkable entry.

FIR against Hafeez was lodged in Bhopal for his statement against Owaisi, accusing him of catching ‘red-handed helping BJP’. Hafeez made this claim in a video message uploaded on his official Twitter handle a couple of days back.

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Hafeez made this allegation referring to the result of the Burhanpur mayoral post, where the Congress candidate lost the election against the BJP with a margin of 542 votes. Congress claimed that the BJP won Burhanpur mayoral post with the help of AIMIM.

In a statement, Hafeez argued that Congress lost by a slim margin because AIMIM cut into the party’s vote bank. He also alleged that AIMIM chief Owaisi has been ‘caught red-handed helping BJP’.

Subsequently, MP cadre of AIMIM on Friday registered an FIR against Hafeez under section 504 (Intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) at Ashoka Garden police station in Bhopal.

Although FIR was registered by AIMIM leaders in Bhopal, Congress accused the state ruling BJP’s hand behind this issue. The development prompted senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh to jump in support of Hafeez.

“What has Abbas Hafeez said so wrong? It is yet another evidence that BJP’s police promptly registered the FIR. The BJP’s police force doesn’t show such promptness in other cases,” Digvijaya wrote on Twitter.

MP BJP unit was yet to respond on the issue.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) head and former chief minister Kamal Nath during a press conference had claimed that both – the Congress and the BJP could have won 7-7 mayoral posts, had the AIMIM not helped the saffron party.

Apart from Burhanpur, the Congress has lost mayoral post in Ujjain with a margin of 700 votes.

Out of 16 mayoral posts in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has won nine, Congress five, while AAP and Independent each won one mayoral posts.

Both the AIMIM and the AAP were debutants in Madhya Pradesh urban body elections and the two parties have made remarkable entry in the state where the BJP and the Congress have been dominating so far. Recently, nearly a dozen of local Congress workers joined AIMIM in Bhopal.

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