Muslims are Like ‘Band Baja Party’: Asaduddin Owaisi

Lucknow: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has deplored the political condition of Muslims and said that they are like “band, baja party” at weddings. The AIMIM leader made these remarks in Kanpur during which he also lamented the fact that the Muslims have no representation despite constituting 19% population in Uttar Pradesh.

“The condition of Muslims has become like a ‘band baja party’ in a marriage procession where they (Muslims) are first asked to play music, but are made to stand outside on reaching the wedding venue,” the AIMIM president said.

“Now Muslims will not play the instrument. Even every caste has a leader, but Muslims have no leader. There is 19% Muslim population in UP but there is not a single leader,” Asaduddin Owaisi said in Kanpur.

Owaisi has recently announced that his party – AIMIM – will be contesting next year’s Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh on the promise of creating leadership among Muslims. His announcement has created unease in the political parties that so far considered the Muslims as their core “vote bank”.

Different castes, including Jatavs, Yadavs, Rajbhars and Nishads, which constitute a relatively small part of the population of Uttar Pradesh, more or less have their own leadership, but Muslims, who account for more than 19 per cent of the people in the state, do not see any united leadership.

So the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), led by Owaisi, wants to end the “slavery” of Muslims in the hands of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress, which had been using them as their “vote bank”, according to the leaders of the party.

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