AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi sparks furore following ‘reverential’ go to to Aurangzeb’s tomb

AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi sparks furore following ‘reverential’ visit to Aurangzeb’s tomb

2022-05-14 12:00:16

Shiv Sena, NCP query Telangana MLA’s provocative act in ‘Shivaji’s land’; BJP calls for Uddhav Thackeray govt. to slap sedition cost towards Owaisi

Shiv Sena, NCP query Telangana MLA’s provocative act in ‘Shivaji’s land’; BJP calls for Uddhav Thackeray govt. to slap sedition cost towards Owaisi  

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi stirred up a hornet’s nest but once more together with his reverential go to to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s tomb in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, evoking widespread condemnations throughout Maharashtra’s political spectrum because the ruling Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Get together and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) amongst others slammed the AIMIM chief’s ‘provocative act’ within the “land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.”

A five-term MLA from Chandrayangutta in Telangana, Mr. Owaisi, who has incessantly courted controversy together with his fiery speeches previously, had prayed earlier than the Mughal Emperor’s tomb in Khuldabad and laid flowers on it forward of a operate in Aurangabad on Thursday.

Following this, the ruling tripartite ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ coalition, notably the Shiv Sena got here down closely on Mr. Owaisi for intentionally trying to disturb Maharashtra’s peace together with his actions, whereas the opposition Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) demanded the ruling authorities to point out some backbone and cost the AIMIM chief with sedition.    

Lashing out on the AIMIM chief, Sena MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut stated that the politics of the Owaisi brothers (alluding to Mr. Owaisi’s brother, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi) appeared merely to disrupt Maharashtra’s social concord.

“It’s only to rile everybody in Maharashtra that he [Akbaruddin Owaisi] intentionally bowed earlier than Aurangzeb’s tomb. However let me remind him, that this Mughal Emperor, who plotted towards Maharashtra for such a very long time, was put into his grave by the Marathas. At the moment you might be coming right here and reciting namaaz earlier than this tomb, someday later, you [Mr. Owaisi] should go into go into an identical grave as properly,” stated Mr. Raut.

The Sena chief warned that Maharashtra would put the AIMIM chief into his grave in the identical approach during which Aurangzeb was put into his by the Marathas.

Former BJP MP Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati – a direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji and a royal from Kolhapur district in western Maharashtra – condemned Mr. Owaisi’s motion by remarking that it was “extremely improper”.

“Whereas I’m not conscious of the exact particulars, if this has occurred, then that is neither correct nor applicable. That is the land of Chhatrapati Shivaji,” he stated.

The final ‘Nice Moghul’, Aurangzeb had twice been viceroy of the Deccan earlier than returning again in 1682 CE to crush the nascent Maratha kingdom based by Shivaji. Whereas the Mughal military succeeding in storming the Maratha capital Raigad and Aurangzeb cruelly murdered Shivaji’s son, Chhatrapati Sambhaji in 1689 CE, the Marathas finally prevailed in a 25-year-long guerrilla battle with the Mughals.

Worn out by the pressure of his relentless marketing campaign towards the Marathas, Aurangzeb, who by no means returned to Delhi, died a damaged man in 1707 – consumed by the “Deccani ulcer” as memorably put by his most well-known historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar.

NCP MP Amol Kolhe, who has essayed the roles of each Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his son Sambhaji in a Marathi tv sequence, censured Mr. Owaisi by questioning as to what sort of an instance the AIMIM chief was setting by glorifying and revering Aurangzeb.  

“All religions got here collectively beneath Shivaji Maharaj to defend the land towards the invading Mughals. Shivaji Maharaj’s personal bodyguard and gunner have been Muslims. Then again, Aurangzeb cruelly confined his father [Emperor Shah Jahan] till the latter’s demise and murdered his brothers [Dara Shukoh, Shah Shuja and Murad Bux]. So, what instance are you [Owaisi] setting by bowing earlier than his tomb?” stated Mr. Kolhe.

In the meantime, BJP MLA Ram Kadam demanded that if the State authorities had the heart, they must slap a sedition cost on Mr. Owaisi.

“Aurangzeb destroyed a number of temples and troubled the Hindu populace. And Owaisi bows earlier than him within the land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj – his best nemesis. Will the Uddhav Thackeray authorities permit him to flee scot-free?” stated Mr. Kadam.

BJP MLA Nitesh Rane launched a broadside towards the AIMIM whereas accusing the Mr. Thackeray’s authorities of being “pacific” and failing to reply to hardline Muslim outfits just like the Raza Academy previously.

Including gas to the fireplace, impartial MLA from Badnera Ravi Rana, who was just lately arrested alongside together with his spouse, MP Navneet Rana, and slapped with a sedition cost for threating to play the Hanuman Chalisa in entrance of Uddhav Thackeray’s non-public residence, criticised the Thackeray authorities for not lodging a sedition cost towards Mr. Owaisi.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Gajanan Kale warned that if the MVA authorities didn’t take any motion inside 24 hours, then the MNS would take the matter into its personal palms.

The BJP and the MNS’ responses come towards the backdrop of the continuing sabre-rattling over Maharashtra’s ‘Hindutva’ area between the Sena, its erstwhile estranged saffron ally the BJP and the Raj Thackeray-led MNS.

The BJP (and the MNS) has by no means uninterested in accusing the Sena of forsaking its ‘Hindutva’ beliefs because the latter’s alliance with the ideologically opposed NCP and the Congress with the intention to be in energy within the State.  

Censuring Mr. Owaisi’s motion, Shiv Sena MLC Ambadas Danve nonetheless accused each the AIMIM and Raj Thackeray-led MNS for enjoying equally divisive politics.

“On condition that the AIMIM has sprung from the Razakars [paramilitary force deployed by the Nizam of Hyderabad to resist integration with India after 1947], it isn’t shocking that Owaisi visited and paid his respects earlier than Aurangzeb’s tomb because the mentality of the sooner Islamic dynasties is similar as that of the AIMIM. Nevertheless, these Muslims, who take into consideration the welfare of the nation, ought to avoid AIMIM and the divisive politics of the Owaisi brothers. It’s essential to be vigilant about their strikes,” Mr. Danve stated.

Khuldabad holds the tombs of a variety of saints and nice males. Whoever goes to Khuldabad, visits Aurangzeb’s dargah. You can’t inform So, there isn’t a cause to learn something. In response to faith,

Mr. Owaisi had come to put the inspiration stone of the Naqeeb-e-Millat Academic Campus, which is a department of the ‘Owaisi Faculty of Excellence’. Mr. Owaisi runs as many as 11 such faculties as a part of his charitable and academic work in Hyderabad. The proposed facility in Aurangabad is to be a free college for underprivileged youngsters.

In his speech on Thursday, Mr. Owaisi stated that the varsity could be open not solely to Muslim neighborhood youngsters, however to youngsters of all faiths and even agnostics.

Remarking there was no have to learn something ‘political’ into Mr. Owaisi’s go to to Aurangzeb’s tomb, Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel stated: “There are numerous dargahs of religious leaders and tombs of nice males at Khuldabad… anybody coming right here invariably visits Aurangzeb’s resting place as properly. It’s a part of our faith to learn the namaaz whereas visiting any holy place. There isn’t a have to interpret this go to in a different way,” stated Mr. Jaleel.

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