Hyderabad, Sep 25, 2023: Days after his party voted against the women’s reservation bill in the Lok Sabha, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that the ’two’ votes opposing the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam "shocked the Parliament." While addressing a public gathering in his parliamentary constituency, Hyderabad, the AIMIM MP said, "BJP leaders kept saying that two of our MPs voted against women’s reservation bill. But, we shocked the parliament."
Addressing a public gathering in his parliamentary constituency, Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi highlighted that out of a total of 450 MPs, only two voted against the bill, while the majority supported it. He asserted that his stand was grounded in his belief, stating, "Allah is with me," in response to critics who questioned the dissenting votes.
Owaisi also underscored his perception of the political landscape, asserting that he stands alone in opposing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, contrary to the alignment between the BJP and Congress. He stated, "I am fighting against PM Modi alone, and you are all together."
The AIMIM leader further voiced his concerns, alleging that leaders from Congress, Samajwadi Party, and RJD are hesitant to address the rights of Muslims and OBCs in the Parliament. He urged for reservations for Muslim and OBC women and accused certain political factions of being against these communities.
Expressing worry over the current state of affairs, Owaisi predicted a potential incident of mob lynching targeting a Muslim within the Parliament.
He even challenged Rahul Gandhi of the Congress to contest elections from Hyderabad instead of Wayanad, referencing the contentious issue of the Babri Masjid’s demolition during the Congress regime.
The controversy surrounding remarks made by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri against BSP MP Danish Ali fueled anger among opposition parties, leading to demands for stern action. Ali even issued an ultimatum, threatening to leave Parliament if an inquiry into the matter was not conducted.
The Women Quota Bill, securing 33 percent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies, successfully passed its final legislative hurdle at the Rajya Sabha. However, Owaisi defended his party’s opposition to the bill, emphasizing the absence of a sub-quota for Muslim and Other Backward Classes (OBC) women.
While some members of the Opposition voiced concerns about the bill’s delayed implementation, the government assured that the process would move forward following due procedures.
Courtesy: Zee News