Asaduddin Owaisi, MP of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, has been in the centre of controversy since he alleged that Muslim youth could be more prone to joining fundamentalist groups and becoming religious radicals after the violence in Assam.
However, he defended his statements and said he was merely cautioning the nation, not inflaming sentiments.
“I stand by each and each every word of what I have spoken in Parliament. I am cautioning the nation. As an Indian its my duty,” Owaisi said on CNN-IBN.
“Muslims were not radicalised before Babri Masjid demolition. The second wave took after the riots in Gujarat. I condemn, and not condone, the youngsters who have taken that path,” he added.
Owaisi also said that the people who are living in the refugee camps of Assam could be a base for anti-national elements.
“What I have seen in the camps of Assam I am only reflecting that. People who are living in these refugee camps are fodder for anti-national elements,” he said.
Despite the large number of people fleeing Hyderabad over rumours, Owaisi reassured people from the North Eastern states that they were safe in Hyderabad.
“Yes there is a fear factor, but let me reassure the North-east students and people working in Hyderabad that they are a part of Hyderabad,” he said.