Muslims Will Never Leave India – Asaduddin Owaisi
HYDERABAD: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that Muslims will never leave India under any circumstances as they are Indians “not only by birth but by choice.”
Terming Bollywood star Amir Khan’s statement as “nonsense”, he said, “I can’t speak for a filmstar. I can only speak as a proud Indian Muslim that I will never succumb to all these dog whistle politics of the Sangh Parivar and other fascist organisations.”
Maintaining that fascist forces cannot create frighten the Muslims, he said, “This is our country. As long as life on earth survives, Muslims will live in India as proud Indians.”
“Our fight is with the parties in power as they did not give us the rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Still this is our country. We will continue to fight. We will continue to struggle,” he added.
Owaisi’s statement came against the backdrop of the storm created by the Bollywood superstar with his remarks that his wife Kiran Rao had suggested that they should probably leave the country over growing incidents of tolerance and Assam Governor P B Acharya’s reported remarks that Muslims are free to go to Pakistan or Bangladesh. He also said that Muslims will not “succumb” to the kind of politics being played by RSS.