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BJP moves poll panel, says Asaduddin Owaisi's budget remark 'inflammatory'

Mumbai: The BJP on Monday termed as "inflammatory" AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi's demand for allocation of civic budget to Muslims in proportion to their population in Mumbai and moved the State Election Commission (SEC) against him.

The BJP city unit, which is part of the Shiv Sena-led alliance ruling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), submitted a representation to the SEC seeking action against the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad.

A file photo of Asaduddin Owaisi. IBNLive

A file photo of Asaduddin Owaisi. IBNLive

"What Owaisi said is inflammatory and illegal," Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar said after handing over the representation to State Election Commissioner JS Saharia. "We condemn Owaisi for demanding grants based on a religious community's percentage of population," he said. Action should be taken against Owaisi for such inflammatory remarks, the BJP leader added.

"Muslims account for around 21 per cent of the population in the BMC wards. If the BMC budget is of Rs 36,000 crore, Rs 7,700 crore should have been allotted for the development of Muslims which was not done," Owaisi had told a public rally at Nagpada here last evening.

The rally addressed by the 47-year-old controversial politician, whose Hyderabad-based party has two MLAs in Maharashtra, marked the start of AIMIM's campaign for the upcoming polls to the country's richest civic body.

In the past, Owaisi, known to make controversial remarks, had attracted the charge of delivering "hate speeches". Meanwhile, Owaisi rubbished the allegations levelled by Shelar saying, "I have not made any divisive remark."

Talking to reporters in Aurangabad, the AIMIM chief said he would be highlighting the "failures" of the BMC on various fronts as also those of the Shiv Sena and the BJP who are allies in the corporation as well as in the state government.

"The BMC budget for health is Rs 3,694 crore but the Muslim majority areas are deprived of various healthcare facilities," Owaisi alleged.

Updated Date: Jan 02, 2017 22:22 PM

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