NEW DELHI: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi raked up Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination and called his murderer Nathuram Godse ‘Number 1 Hindu Ratna Terrorist’ at a rally in Pune, reported Zee News.
He alleged that Muslims had never tried to ‘sell India’ and said: “We have been threatened for the past 70 years. But now we are not willing to get frightened. The most you can do is kill us, then do it. But if we live, we will live here and if we die, we will die here.”
The Hyderabad MP further said that Indian Muslims would neither go to Syria nor Pakistan. He said, “Those who had to go to Pakistan have already gone. Our forefathers fought against the British, they raised slogans of Hindustan Zindabad.”
Speaking about the triple talaq bill, he said: “Open your eyes and mind Mr Modi, you are not a well-wisher of Muslim women, you are our enemy and making preparations for injustice to us.”
Burkha-clad women from Maharashtra’s Pune, along with All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), held a rally on Saturday to protest against the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, which criminalises instant triple talaq.
The rally that was attended by at least thousand women started from Bata Chowk, M.G road to Azam campus in Pune.
The rally concluded after the speech of Asaduddin Owaisi.
The women demanded that no changes should be made to the Muslim Personal Law.
“The law that Allah has made for us is right. Triple talaq is a misconception. (Humare Allah ne jo humare liye kanoon banaya hai woh humare liye bahut sahi hai. Ek time par teen talaq hai hi nahi, yeh logon ne galatfemi phelayi hai),” said a woman.
Owaisi had slammed Ravi Shankar earlier for claiming India would turn into Syria. Speaking to ANI, Owaisi said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar feels so big about himself that everyone should listen to what he says.
“He does not believe in the constitution, he does not believe in the law. He feels he is the law himself. He feels he is so big that everyone should listen to what he says. He is not neutral,” he added.
On Monday, the Art of Living founder, in an interview with a leading television channel, had said that any delay in resolving the Ram temple issue could result in a Syria-like situation in India.
“If the Ram Mandir issue is not solved, we will have a Syria in India,” Ravi Shankar said during the interview.
This comment by the spiritual leader invited a lot of criticism from all political spheres.
However, clarifying his statement the spiritual leader said that it was a word of caution, not of a threat.
“Woh dhamki thodi na hai, woh caution hai (It was not a threat, but a word of caution),” he said.
With inputs from PTI