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Owaisi slams Mohan Bhagwat’s mob-lynching statement, says- “Even Hindus are a victim of Mob-lynching”

Owaisi said Muslims, Dalits and even Hindus are victims of incidents of mob lynching in the country. “Are these incidents not mob-lynching?” he questioned

Jalna: On Tuesday AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi hit out at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for his statement that mob lynching was a western concept and it should not be used to defame India.

While Addressing the Vijayadashmi function of the RSS at Reshimbagh ground in Nagpur, Bhagwat commented lynching is a “western construct” and should not be used in the Indian context to defame the country. Bhagwat added the word ‘lynching’ does not originate from Indian ethos but comes from a separate religious text.

Owaisi said Muslims, Dalits and even Hindus have been victims of incidents of mob lynching in the country. “Are these incidents not mob-lynching?” he questioned.

“The idea of Hindu Rashtra based on Hindu Supremacy”

Taking on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) over its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comment on ‘Hindu Rashtra’, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said the concept is based on Hindu supremacy.

Lashing out at Bhagwat’s statement that the RSS is very firm on its vision that “Bharat(India) is a Hindu Rashtra”, Asaduddin Owaisi said Hindu Rashtra is a flight of fancy for the RSS.

“The idea of Hindu Rashtra is based on Hindu supremacy. It means the subjugation of anyone who isn’t Hindu. Minorities will only be ‘allowed’ to live in India,” AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi commented.

This came in response to Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that “Hindu Rashtra” did not mean being “anti-minority”.

“Anti-Sikh riots also an example of Mob lynching”

Owaisi stated that perpetrators of mob lynching were “sons” of Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. Mentioning to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in New Delhi after assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, he added they were also facing mob lynching. Owaisi was speaking in a rally of AIMIM candidate Iqbal Pasha at the Kalyanrao Ghugre Stadium here in central Maharashtra.

Owaisi Referred to the 2002 Gujarat riots and said they were also examples of mob lynching and occurred when Narendra Modi was chief minister of the state. Owaisi also lashed out at Bhagwat’s statement that the RSS is firm on its vision that “Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra”. The AIMIM accused Bhagwat of having no faith in Indian democracy and rules to chief Constitution-maker B R Ambedkar, who always spoke about equality and justice.

Congress a “Sinking Ship”

India is facing problems like farmer suicides, unemployment and price rise, but the BJP is busy raising emotional issues such as Article 370, Pakistan and Hindu-Muslims. The AIMIM mentioned the Congress as a “sinking ship” whose captain (Rahul Gandhi) has abandoned it said Owaisi.

Shivsena “helpless”

Owaisi said the Shiv Sena appears helpless before the BJP in the state, where elections will be held on 21 October. On the recent issue of tree cutting in Aarey Colony in Mumbai, Owaisi referred to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s statement that action will be taken in the matter when the saffron alliance is voted back to power.

He raised questions “Why did the ShivSena not taking action when it is still in power,” the Lok Sabha MP sought to know. He said the Congress and NCP are responsible for their downfall, which has resulted in the BJP coming to power.

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