Hyderabad, Mar 2: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief and Member of Parliament from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi addressing a mammoth gathering on the occasion of the party’s 62nd Foundation day at the Darussalam headquarters on Sunday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his silence over the Delhi ‘genocide’.
He wanted to know whether Modi was even aware of the Delhi riots, which have claimed over 40 lives.
“I want to ask the Prime Minister why did he not open his mouth till now on the Delhi riots. You addressed two rallies in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday and even said your oft-repeated “Sabka saath Sabka Vikas” but did not utter a single word about Delhi.”
Owaisi called the Delhi riots preplanned.
“We thought that after what had happened on December 6, 1992, we will not witness something like that again. But we saw in Ashoknagar that people were climbing up minars of a mosque and breaking speakers. The riots are preplanned. This is a targeted, structural violence and the responsibility of this comes to your government,” he said, squarely blaming the Centre for the Delhi macabre.
He gave graphic information of the people who lost their lives and how four mosques were set on fire.
“Do you know that more than 80 people have been shot, 46 have died and four mosques set on fire? You might have seen the video where police are beating four Muslim children with rods and forcing them to recite Jana gana mana. I’m telling you this so that our voices reach you. An 85-year-old lady died as her house was set on fire," he said.
Mr Owaisi added that he has had sleepless nights after watching the interviews of the victim’s mothers’.
“Mr. Prime Minister, I have not been able to sleep from the moment I watched the interviews of Ankit’s and Mudassir’s mothers. You might get sleep, so please tell us how do we get sleep,” he fumed.
Bringing religious overtones, he said, “Do you know all the people who are dead are from India? A Muslim family was rescued by a Hindu. A brother saw his own brother burn and shot by the rioters twice. When he went to the mortuary, he could identify his brother’s knee. Even bodies are not found. You are the Prime Minister of the country and not of BJP.”
Meanwhile, Mr Owaisi said that all the elected representatives and MPs of AIMIM will donate one month salary for relief and rehabilitation works in New Delhi.