Speaking at a public rally in Gujarat’s Vadgam, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi blamed Aam Aadmi Party for its silence on the early release of 11 Hindutva men convicted of gangraping Bilkis Bano and murdering several of her family members during Gujarat 2002 genocide.
“When an AAP leader (Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia) was asked for his comments on Bilkis Bano by a mediaperson, he said, ‘not Bilkis Bano, we will talk about schools and classrooms.’ Is Bilkis Bano a Muslim issue? It is India’s issue, an issue of justice, an issue of women….” said Owaisi MP who is on a two-day visit to the poll bounded Gujarat.
Owaisi went on to say: “You may not like this but in India’s politics today, there is no significance of India’s Muslims. There is no value for your vote, because those who call themselves secular are equivalent to BJP. These parties know that they do not need to appeal for votes, Muslims will vote for them out of fear of BJP/RSS…Bilkis Bano’s issue came but every fell silent, they became dumb…”
Owaisi also said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was raising the issue of the Uniform Civil Code to get votes in the Gujarat Assembly elections and push its Hindutva agenda.
Owaisi also asked if the “exclusion” of Muslims and Christians from income tax benefits for Hindu Undivided Family wasn’t against the principle of equality, PTI news agency reported.
The BJP government in Gujarat earlier in the day announced that it would constitute a committee under a retired High Court judge to evaluate all aspects of the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in the state.