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Asaduddin Owaisi Challenges Amit Shah on Backward Classes Census

Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of AIMIM, has questioned the BJP's commitment to the backward classes, urging Union Home Minister Amit Shah to conduct a "Backward Classes caste census" if the party truly cares for the community.

By: Rekha Joshi  Pardaphash Group
Asaduddin Owaisi Challenges Amit Shah on Backward Classes Census

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has raised a question about the BJP’s commitment to the Backward Classes and their concerns. He wondered why the BJP hasn’t undertaken a “Backward Classes caste census” if it genuinely cares about this community.

His statement came shortly after Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in a rally in Suryapet, pledged to appoint a leader from the Backward Class (BC) as Chief Minister of Telangana if the BJP wins the upcoming assembly elections on November 30.

Speaking at a public meeting in Zaheerabad on Friday, Owaisi likened the BJP and Congress to twins and expressed his belief that neither party would succeed in the Telangana assembly polls.

Addressing Amit Shah directly, Owaisi stated, “I would like to ask Amit Shah. If you are so sympathetic towards the backward class, why don’t you conduct a BC census?”

Owaisi also claimed that neither PM Narendra Modi nor Congress leader Rahul Gandhi supported his demand for a sub-quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Muslim women in the women’s reservation bill passed in Parliament.

Without naming former MLA Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy, who returned to Congress after leaving BJP, Owaisi questioned whether Congress had become a “washing machine.”

Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks about AIMIM’s alleged understanding with the BJP, Owaisi questioned how Rahul Gandhi lost in the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh during the 2019 elections. He pointed out that in 2019, Congress and BJP were in direct competition in 185 seats, with the Congress winning only 16, indicating that he had no influence in those areas.

Owaisi reiterated his appeal to support ‘mamu’ (BRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) in places where AIMIM is not contesting in the elections.

He emphasized the importance of regional parties in addressing the concerns of the people and warned that if the national parties, BJP and Congress, come to power, there would be no one to address the public’s issues.

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