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Asaduddin Owaisi backs Kamal Haasan's 'India's first terrorist was Hindu' remark, supports KCR's Federal Front pitch

Hyderabad (Telangana): AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday backed actor-politician Kamal Haasan "first Hindu terrorist" remarks and said the person who shot dead the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, should indeed be called a terrorist.

"The person who had killed Mahatma Gandhi should be called a terrorist. What else should we call such a person who killed Bapu," Owaisi told reporters in Hyderabad.

Owaisi was referring to Haasan's statement on Monday, when he called Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, as the "first Hindu terrorist" in independent India.

Haasan's remark sparked controversy and drew criticism from BJP leaders and Hindu outfits. The BJP had approached the Election Commission seeking action against the actor-politician for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

 Asaduddin Owaisi backs Kamal Haasans Indias first terrorist was Hindu remark, supports KCRs Federal Front pitch

File photo of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. AFP

"Those who forget the assassination of the father of the nation do not love him. All those who were involved in the killing of Mahatma Gandhi were terrorists. The enquiry was conducted under Kapur commission and those who were found guilty of killing Mahatma Gandhi were terrorists" added Owaisi.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief also said that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was on the right path in his efforts to form a non BJP, non-congress Federal Front. "It is a right move by KCR. This is KCR's reply to all those who have questioned his secular credentials."

"KCR met Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, DMK chief MK Stalin and Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy to clear the air on the issue," Owaisi added.

On being asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi used "INS Virat for a family vacation", Owaisi said, "Even film star Akshay Kumar who is a Canadian citizen went on a vacation on the Navy's ship."

On the Supreme Court granting bail to West Bengal BJP functionary Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested on 10 May for allegedly posting a morphed picture of state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Facebook, the AIMIM chief said, "When the apex court has granted her bail after accepting her apology then the matter is over."

"There have been instances in the past where people have been arrested for posting against political leaders, and one such example is an arrest of a person who posted against Bal Thackeray," he added.

Asked about gangrape of a widow in Uttar Pradesh who was sold for Rs 10,000 by her parents, and who later set herself on fire after police allegedly refused to file a complaint, Owaisi said, "The law and order situation is crippling in Uttar Pradesh. Where is the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao slogan? Why is Prime Minister not responding on the issue of this heinous crime."

"Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath should meet the victim as soon as possible," he added.

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Updated Date: May 14, 2019 18:33:06 IST