Posters branding Owaisi ‘traitor’ appear outside his Delhi residence

  • Ananya Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2016 12:30 IST
Posters branding Asaduddin Owaisi a ‘traitor’ and charging him with ‘insulting Bharat Mata’ appeared at the entrance of his Ashoka Road residence. (HT Photo)

Posters branding Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi a “traitor” and charging him with “insulting Bharat Mata” appeared at the entrance of his official Ashoka Road residence in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

The posters, put up by Hindu Sena activists around 7 pm, were removed by police. “The posters were stuck by our activists as they were angered by Owaisi openly saying that he will not say ‘Vande Mataram’. There should be no place for traitors in this country,” said Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta.

“What message was Owaisi trying to give to the Muslim of the country by saying that he will not say Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mantram? He was just trying to instigate feeling of anti nationalism within the Muslims by giving out such lessons. He is sitting in the Parliament and is a resident of India, then what is the problem in saying Bharat Mata ki jai? He should go to Pakistan, if he refuses to respect the country,” Gupta told HT.

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The posters were later removed by the police.

“We removed the posters soon after we got to learn about them. Gupta will be called in for clarification,” a senior police officer said.

In response to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s exhortation that patriotism be infused in the younger generation, Owaisi had earlier said that he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife was held to his thoat. “I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab?” the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad had said at a rally in Udgir tehsil of Maharashtra’s Latur district on February 13.

Police said they are trying to identify the people who stuck the posters outside Owaisi’s residence.

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