Assaduddin Owaisi asserted his objection to the manner in which Muslims were treated in UP; with a 19% population had no district president.
Mr. Owaisi is the President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, representing the Hyderabad constituency in Lok Sabha, and is contesting 100 seats in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh election in alliance with Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) patron Om Prakash Rajbhar and the ‘Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha’ and AIMIM has launched the selection process of candidates.
On Twitter, he particularly expressed his displeasure at the unequal and unfair treatment of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh. The hugely populated State consists of 79.7% Hindus, which is approximately 159 million people, followed by Muslims with a 19.2% population. Other religions like Christian, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists are relatively lower than 1%.
In a series of tweets the AIMIM chief stated:
“The Muslims of Uttar Pradesh with a 19 percent population do not have a single district president. We have been made politically, socially, and socially second-class urbanists. A political party in Uttar Pradesh describes itself as the most prominent opposition party of the BJP.
In the election of Zilla Panchayat, 800 of their members had won, but in the election of the president, they have won only 5 seats of the president. Why?
Have the rest of the members sat on the lap of the BJP? In the districts like Mainpuri, Kannauj, Budaun, Farrukhabad, Kasganj, Auraiya, the maximum number of candidates of this party came after winning, but still lost the election of the president, in all these districts the dominance of ‘family special’ for many years. Used to be. Now we have to adopt a new political pattern.
Unless we have a free political voice, our problems are not going to be resolved. Don’t be afraid of BJP, but fight it in a strong way.”
उत्तर प्रदेश के 19 प्रतिशत आबादी वाले मुसलामानों का एक भी जिला अध्यक्ष नहीं है। मंसूबा बंद तरीक़े से हमें सियासी, म'आशी और समाजी तौर पर दूसरे दर्जे का शहरी बना दिया गया है।1/n
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) July 4, 2021
Of note, in the recent Uttar Pradesh Zila Panchayat chairperson polls, BJP secured 67 of 75 seats leading CM Yogi to laud it as a ‘historic win’.
Owaisi also said in a rally, “‘We won’t let Yogi Adityanath return as CM in 2022’. He announced that that it will be his party’s endeavor to ensure that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not return to power in the northern state.
Yogi Adityanath responded to the AIMIM chief on UP elections 2022 declaring that the BJP will win the next assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, and there should be no doubt about it. He also said that the BJP’s central leadership has fixed a target of 300 plus seats in the next elections and the party will achieve the target.
Legislative Assembly elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh in the month of February to March 2022 to elect 403 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The term of the current assembly elected in 2017 will expire on 14 March 2022. Yogi Adityanath is to continue as the Chief Minister at the time of elections.
It is evident that the northern Hindi belt is going to be fiercely contested among BJP, AIMIM, Congress, SP, and other regional parties and it will be a tough contest ahead keeping political watchers on the edge of their seats as Uttar Pradesh plays a central role in party politics.