Barabanki: The district administration in Baranbanki on Wednesday denied permission for a meeting of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi due to security reasons.
Owaisi is on a tour of Uttar Pradesh, campaigning for his party ahead of the next’s year state Assembly polls. He had started his campaign from Ayodhya on Tuesday.
Sajjad Hussain of the AIMIM had sought permission for the public meeting at Katra Imambara on Thursday but it was denied due to security reasons, SDM Sadar Nawabganj Pankaj Singh said on Wednesday night.
However, the administration allowed a programme at the residence of AIMIM district president, Chaudhary Faizur Rahman, from 11 am to 2 pm in the Katra Baradari locality.
Only 50 people will be allowed in this programme in compliance with the coronavirus protocol, Singh said. The AIMIM president is on a three-day tour of the state. Owaisi had earlier said his party will contest 100 Assembly seats in the upcoming polls.
Owaisi, who is on a polling campaign in UP, on Wednesday said that the ‘foolishness’ of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party chiefs led Narendra Modi become PM twice.
He made the assertion in response to the two parties’ presidents, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, earlier dubbing him as the “vote spoiler” for their parties.
Addressing a press conference later in the evening, Owaisi said, “Muslims have come to know that many parties take their vote but do not make any member of the community a leader. They now want a share in education as well as the economy.”
At a public rally at Odara village of Sultanpur district during his ongoing tour of Uttar Pradesh, he said, “Narendra Modi became the prime minister of the country twice because of the ‘nasamjhi’ (foolishness) of Akhilesh (Yadav) and Mayawati.”
Claiming that there has been a change among Muslims now, he said they have realised that every section of society has its leader and that section gets benefits. So the Muslim also wants that be it education or economy, they should have a share in it, he said. He said it was his endeavour that before the elections in UP, he pays a visit to areas wherever his party is strong and meet people. This is in preparation for the elections to get good results, he said.
(With inputs from PTI)