Hyderabad: Taking a jibe at BJP MP Tejaswi Surya’s “puncture-wala” comment, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said that eventually, BJP’s tyres are also going to be punctured.

On December 23, BJP MP from Bengaluru South Tejaswi Surya had called the people protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as “puncture-walas” and “illiterates”. “These illiterates — if you cut open their chest, you can’t find two words inside them just like puncture walas — are the only ones opposing this law,” said the MP at a rally in Bengaluru.

Responding to this comment, Asaduddin Owaisi had said, “I am sure that BJP’s tyres will also get punctured soon. It happened in Jharkhand. Besides, this country does not run on elitist thinking. It runs on understanding the difficulties of the ordinary man. He (Tejaswi Surya) is a helpless young fellow and an elitist. What else can he say?”

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party leader further added, “If somebody is a puncture-wala, what is wrong in that? They repair punctured tyres in the sun and rain. He could be a crorepati. How will he know what is the value of a puncture-wala?”

Owaisi reacts to Jharkhand Assembly Election failure

The AIMIM party could not open a single account in Jharkhand, despite contesting for eight seats in Jharkhand Assembly polls. Speaking to media, Owaisi said, “I thank all those people of Jharkhand who had voted in favour of our party. I am grateful to them, and I have no words to thank them enough. We were not successful this time. Insha Allah, we will work harder for the next, by rectifying our mistakes. I’m sure that in the coming years, the people of Jharkhand will welcome us.”

‘Request Telangana CM to rethink on NPR as well’

Talking about the implementation of the National Population Register (NPR) in Telangana, the parliamentarian said, “I am grateful to KCR for taking a stand against NRC. It was a difficult decision for him, but he took it anyway. We would also request him to think about NPR because the latter is like NRC.” He also added that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had taken the right decision by saying no to NRC.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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