Shiv Sena, MNS, BJP upset over Owaisi’s visit to Aurangzeb’s tomb

Aurangabad, May 14 (KMS): A political row was ignited in Maharashtra after All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi paid homage at the tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and later attacked state politicians, in Auranagabad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Referring to the ongoing ‘azan’ versus ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ controversy at a political meeting, without taking names, Owaisi targeted Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President, Raj Thackeray and urged his supporters to maintain restraint.

“Dog will continue to bark. You keep quiet, ignore them. I am not going to abuse anyone. We have a MP here and you people have been rendered homeless,” Owaisi said.

Owaisi was referring to the court-ordered demolition of around 340 structures in the Labour Colony area of the city, and now the eligible homeless shall be rehabilitated under a government scheme in the same area.

Taking strong umbrage at the oblique references, MNS leader Gajanan Kale demanded strong action from the Maharashtra government against Owaisi for praying at the Aurangzeb tomb. “If they don’t take action, then we will do it… We shall dig his grave right beside Aurangzeb’s tomb,” warned Kale.

One of the tourist circuit highlights of Aurangabad, Aurangzeb’s simple memorial is situated in Khuldabad, and Owaisi was accompanied by All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen MP from the city, Syed Imtiaz Jaleel and former MLA Waris Pathan among others.

Jaleel wondered what the entire fracas was about as there are many dargahs of spiritual leaders in Khuldabad and all those who come there also visit the final resting place of Aurangzeb.

BJP MLA Nitesh Rane urged Maharashtra Police to “hand over Owaisi for 10 minutes” and they would send him to the same place as Aurangzeb.

The BJP took the opportunity to attack the state government for not acting against Owaisi.

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