If Hindenburg was in India, it would have faced the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, said AIMIM supremo and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi while launching an attack on Narendra Modi government in Lok Sabha.
On 24 January 2023, the U.S firm Hindenburg Research disclosed a short position against Adani Group’s listed companies and published a report that accuses the Indian conglomerate and a close aide of PM Narendra Modi of engaging in “brazen stock manipulation and accounting fraud scheme over the course of decades.” The Opposition has been demanding a judicial probe into the allegations against Adani and his group.
Owaisi MP also criticised the BJP administration for cutting funding for minority-focused programmes in the Union Budget 2023-24.
For the fiscal year 2023–2024, the Ministry of Minority Affairs’ budgetary allotment was cut by 38%, he said.
He claimed that the BJP government opposes Muslim students in India from attending colleges.
The minorities who make up 19 per cent of the population were not even mentioned in the President’s speech,” he said. “The Narendra Modi government does not want Muslim children to study, they want them to be victims of poverty,” he said.
“Give Pasmanda Muslims the status of Dalit Muslims if you have so much love for them. Muslims of Bihar need OBC status,” Owaisi said.
Owaisi also raised concerns over those holding constitutional posts commenting on the “basic structure” of the Constitution.
“People on constitutional posts are commenting on the basic structure… The law minister has made comments on collegium… When the NJAC (National Judicial Appointments Commission) Bill came I was the only MP who said it would be against the basic structure of the Constitution,” Owaisi said.
“You should learn a lesson from Indira Gandhi. Indira Gandhi said the judiciary should follow her, now PM Modi is saying the judiciary should be loyal to him…,” he added.
“You are bringing back the same Indira Gandhi era,” he said.
Owaisi concluded, “I request Places of worship Act should not be disturbed. PM should not be scared of China and increase the budget of Minorities in India. Bilkis Bano should get justice.”