In the heat and dust of politics, witty banter between politicians is increasingly becoming a rarity. But AIMIM chief Owaisi showed glimpses of his wit when he skillfully dodged a bullet fired at him by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra called AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi “neo Jinnah”. “In today’s political scenario, I have no hesitation in saying that Mr Owaisi is the neo-Jinnah. This tactic of instigating Muslims to break away from mainstream is a dangerous one and he is a repeat offender,” Patra said.
Patra was referring to the Sunday speech in which Owaisi had said that if they wanted to keep secularism alive in India, Muslims should vote for Muslims. That way they would become a political power. Owaisi had been speaking near Hapur in UP, where a 38-year-old man was recently lynched and a 65-year-old man thrashed, allegedly over the rumour that they were slaughtering cows.
When a news agency reached out to Owaisi to get a reaction about Patra’s comment, AIMIM chief refused to give a straight answer. In trademark Owaisi style he remarked,”Arre Sambit baccha hai, bacchon ke baare mein nahinbolte. Bacchon ke baap se muqabla hai hamara. Jab bade baat karte hainto bacchon ko tayein-tayein nahin karna chahiye”.
It loosely translates to, ” Sambit Patra is a small boy, and I shouldn’t make any comments about it. I compete with the grown-ups, When grown-ups speak, kids shouldn’t interfere”.
It implied that Owaisi is ready to take on the likes of BJP chief Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi and he isn’t inclined to respond to Sambit Patra’s jibes.