Firebrand leader Asaduddin Owaisi urged Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis to come together and reject national parties in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing a rally of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi on Sunday in Kalyan, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief said it was time for the “deprived” to hit back rather than continue “suffering” as was the case in the past 70 years.
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The Vanchit Bhaujan Aghadi is an outfit floated by the AIMIM and the Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM). He said Babasaheb Ambedkar had laid down equal rights for all citizens of the country.
Owaisi, taking a dig at the Congress and the ruling BJP, claimed that the two parties had got elected on the votes of the “deprived” classes but had only meted out injustice to them.
The AIMIM President said the country needed a “pehredar” (guard) rather than a “chowkidar” (watchman), a term Prime Minister Narendra Modi often uses to describe himself and his role.
Only parties like the one led by Prakash Ambedkar could do justice to the poor and downtrodden and not the Congress or leaders like PM Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, said Owaisi.
Taking a dig at caste domination on highest civilian award and criticising the recently announced Bharat Ratna for Parnab Mukherjee, RSS ideologue Nanaji Deshmukh and late music maestro Bhupen Hazarika, Owaisi alleged that the country’s highest civilian honour had only been bestowed on people from the “upper caste”.