Who’s playing communal card – AIMIM or BJP?


(MS Shanker)

The elections to one of the biggest civic body in the country, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), attains significance as the BJP stalwarts from Amit Shah to party President JP Nadda chose to campaign for their party nominees as they would not like to lose out the opportunity they got for the first time to capture.

The campaign has already got electrified with inflammatory speeches by the AIMIM leaders, including their legislative party leader, Akbaruddin Owaisi, who claims that almost all Chief Ministers of the state so far managed to survive only by ‘licking’ their boots. He did not stop there.  He even dare to hold out a threat that if his party voted to power in GHMC, they will demolish the Telugu icons like former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao and the TDP founder Nandamuri Taraka Rakarao’s memorials in City.

As if that was not enough, another leader Bilal, who defected from Congress to MIM and apparently brother-in-law of the party chief and MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, declared that none can dare enter Hyderabad without Owaisi’s permission.  He also claimed that if KCR is the Chief Minister of Telangana, then Asaduddin Owaisi is of Hyderabad (meaning Old City).

Obviously furious BJP President, Bandi Sanjay, who is riding high on party’s victory in Dubbak assembly bypoll, responded by saying that his party headed government at the Centre will not hesitate for a ‘surgical strike’ in Old City to weed out illegal migrants – Rohingyas – residing in the Old City and are responsible for the AIMIM victory all these years.  Some of those Hindus who reside in interiors of Old City also complain that they are allegedly prevented from voting and hence one of them, in fact, suggest for online voting.

Well, the phrase ‘surgical strike’ has kicked up a row with the state Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao raising questions like – how the BJP can dare use such phrases or language.  “Do BJP consider Hyderabad is part of Pakistan?  Surgical strikes are meant against enemies, certainly not against our own people,” he fumed.

Whether one likes it or not, intelligence officials are well aware of the fact that there are illegal migrants residing in Old City and they are being given protection by the AIMIM party.  In fact, the BJP also blames the City police for its inaction.  As a matter of fact, this issue was even raised once in the state legislative assembly by the BJP leader Ch Vidyasagar Rao, many years ago demanding action those foreign nationals overstaying in City. As if that was not enough, any terror attack that has taken place so far anywhere in the country indeed has been linked to Hyderabad roots by the probing agencies.  State police are also well aware of sleeping cells that do exist in many parts.

Coming back to the moot question, which party is vitiating the peace, one has to admit both – the MIM as well BJP, indeed reprehensible.  Yet, one has to go into genesis of both the parties, to know the truth.  It is no secret that AIMIM is formed to protect the interests of minority Muslims and it is also accused of killing thousands of innocent Hindus during the Razakar’s movement.  Contrary to this, the BJP, which is an offspring of the Rastriya Swayam Sevek (RSS), was formed to protect the interests of majority Hindus. That’s in the wake of other Opposition parties like the Congress and the Left opts to play ‘vote bank politics’ with minority Muslim votes to win polls with appeasement policies. However, it has changed its track from only “Hindus protection” to ‘protect all Indians’ under the prime minister Narendra Modi’s slogan ‘sab ka saath, sab ka vishwas, besides sab ka vikas.”

Contrary to the BJP’s changed perception of its ideological nationalist politics, the AIMIM, which was hitherto confine to Hyderabad, under the stewardship of Asaduddin Owaisi, slowly, but steadily spreading its tentacles to elsewhere in the country.  The party has managed to enter Maharashtra and stormed into Bihar by winning five assembly seats in Seemanchal region, which is no mean achievement. The party leadership is also threatens to fight the upcoming elections in West Bengal, to which none can oppose as it has every right to do so.  But, what is worrying is that on one hand the AIMIM leader Asaduddin vouches to function within the Constitution limits, yet on the other deliberately indulged in polarising Muslim votes all over the country.

If that is permitted, then why blame the BJP, whom the other Opposition parties call it a Hindutva party and accuse for attempting to polarise Hindu votes.

Moreover, AIMIM makes no bones and it should rightly so, as its leader Asaduddin Owaisi is ambitious to emerge as tallest leader of minority Muslims in the country, as other leaders miserably failed to do justice to the community.  He minced no words to take the Congress and other regional satraps like the Samajwad Party of Mulayam Singh or Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rasthtriya Janata Dal or Left parties, who all used minority votes only for their political existence by throwing few ‘bones’ during polls, which is unacceptable to him and his party.

A learned qualified barrister from foreign soils, yet Asaduddin’s failure to contain his ‘motor-mouth’ brother is what has become worrisome in state and national politics and ponder how he wishes to emerge as – Muhammad Ali Jinnah or Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad. Yes, while Jinna insisted for breaking the country, Azad chose to remain with Gandhi and Nehru too for a secular country, unlike Islamic fundamental Pakistan.

Based on these facts, which are also available in public domain, the electorate of GHMC is bound to come out and judiciously vote to save the state and nation to prevent giving ‘handle’ to the divisive forces.

Tail piece:  A news report in a Hyderabad-based daily claims that GHMC officials are worried over BJP is coming to power.  Are they scared that their corruption activities come to a grinding halt if the saffron party comes to power?