Hyderabad : Majlis president, Asaduddin Owaisi, held consultations with party MLAs, MLCs and Corporators on Monday in connection with the anti CAA rally proposed to be taken out on January 10. He urged them to ensure that the rally was a resounding success and also absolutely peaceful. "All eyes are on the Majlis rally and it is your responsibility to make it success", he told them.

Later addressing party workers at AIMIM's headquarters at Darussalam, he said it was originally planned to take out a rally through the city but police had denied permission and allowed the rally in the Rajendernagar police station limits,only. Therefore, the party had decided to organize a protest march from Mir Alam Idgah to Shashtaripuram on Friday under the banner of Mushtaraka Muttahada Majlise Amal (United Joint Action Committee), an umbrella group of various socio-religious organisations.

The Hyderabad MP appealed to people from across the city to join the rally in order to send out a strong message against CAA and NPR/NRC. He asked Muslims to offer Friday prayers closer to the Mir Alam Idgah so that they could be in time for the rally which is likely to end by 5 p.m, Friday. Women were also welcome to take part in the rally as CAA was an issue which concerned all.

Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi urged party workers to ensure that ambulances were given way during the rally and also people rushing in emergency were allowed to move freely. He further cautioned them to look out for trouble makers and alert the police if they see them.

Mr. Owaisi criticised the government for hiding the truth about CAA. In fact NPR and NRC were two sides of the same coin but neither the Prime Minister nor the Home Minister was telling it. He said India's foundation was laid on secularism which meant that the country would not have any religion. But at the same time it would respect all faiths and even those who followed no faith.

J.S. Ifthekhar

J.S. Ifthekhar is a senior journalist with nearly four decades of experience. Ifthekhar cut his teeth in journalism at the Indian Express before he moved to The Hindu. He was also associated with the Siasat Daily, Telangana Today, Deccan Chronicle, Onlooker magazine, Newstrack, Detective Digest and a few news agencies. He has written on different subjects and aspects of Hyderabadi life. However, his passion remains literature in general and Urdu poetry in particular. He is equally concerned with culture, heritage, civic affairs and problems confronting the man in the street. As a journalist he has taken up cudgels on behalf of the underprivileged and many of his stories in The Hindu saw the government promptly taking corrective measures. Ifthekhar has authored two books - Hyderabad - The Nawabi City on The Move and Haj - The Spirit Behind it. He has also translated two books from Urdu to English. Currently he is working on his third book - Poets and Writers of Deccan. Loves to write and writes to live. Can't imagine doing anything else.

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