Ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra slammed AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi over his visit to the tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb at Khuldabad in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party questioned Owaisi's move and warned that if he tried to "create problems in the society" it would not be tolerated.
Before addressing a rally in Aurangabad city, Owaisi had visited the tomb on Thursday.
Former Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire, taking a strong objection to Owaisi's action, said: "The motive behind Akbaruddin Owaisi's visit to Aurangzeb's tomb cannot be understood. We remember the statements he had made earlier...No one goes to the tomb of Aurangzeb. But if Owaisi is going there to create problems in the society, then we will not tolerate it."
Shiv Sena's Aurangabad district unit chief and MLC Ambadas Danve also slammed Owaisi for paying the visit. "It is not surprising that Owaisi went to Aurangzeb's tomb. The thinking of Nizam, Razakars (the paramilitary volunteer force deployed by the Nizam of Hyderabad to resist the princely state's integration with India during 1947-48) and the earlier Islamic dynasties is the same. As per that ideology, Owaisi visited the tomb. But those Muslims, who think about the welfare of the nation, should stay away from AIMIM and Owaisi," Me Danve said.
However, AIMIM'S MLA from Aurangabad Imtiaz Jaleel defended the leader's move.
"There are many tombs (in Khuldabad) and they have a history. Anyone who comes to Khuldabad visits tomb of Aurangzeb. There is no need to draw a different meaning out of this," Jaleel said.