“Disgusting”: Asaduddin Owaisi Slams “No Muslim” Remark By BJP Minister

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the BJP, labelling the minister’s remark “disgusting and shameful, but not surprising”.

Shortly after a Karnataka Minister said the BJP would “definitely not give tickets (to contest elections) to Muslims”, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the party, labelling the remark “disgusting and shameful, but not surprising”.

“Disgusting and shameful, but not surprising. Hindutva believes only 1 community has the right to political power and all others are subservient. This ideology cannot co-exist with our Constitution, which talks about liberty, fraternity, equality and justice,” Mr Owaisi tweeted.

Earlier, in a controversial statement on Sunday, Karnataka Minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said that the party ticket might be given to Hindu candidates from any community but not to a Muslim.

“We might give the party ticket to any community among Hindus. Whoever we might give it to — maybe Lingayats, Kurubas, Vokkaligas, or Brahmins but definitely, it will not be given to Muslims,” the Karnataka minister told reporters on Sunday.

I don’t know whether we will give it to followers of Sangolli Rayanna, Kittur Chennamma (freedom fighters) or Shankaracharya, he was reported as saying.

Mr Eshwarappa is a Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister.

Byelections are to be held for the Belgavi Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka. The minister stressed that that Belagavi is the centre of Hindutva and the ticket will be given to any of its supporters only.

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