Owaisi Dares Modi To End Hindu Appeasement Politics
AIMIM chief, Asaduddin Owaisi retaliated immediately on the Modi government’s announcement of ending the Haj subsidy. Though he favored the government’s intention of empowering minorities without appeasement he flashed back at them stating that the Hindu appeasement also needed to be stopped. He went on to cite instances where the Hindu appeasement still continued.
Firstly, he stated that the government had to set aside the promised scholarship sum of Rs 20,000 crore for Muslim girls in the ensuing budget session as a means of empowering Muslim community. Along with this, he brought the point of stopping Hindu appeasement to eliminate double standards. He felt that the Rs 200 crore marked for Haj subsidy was small sum when compared to subsidies allocated for Hindu appeasement in various states, which he termed as vote bank politics. He brought to notice the amount of Rs 1,150 crore given for the 2014 Kumbh Mela.
He began giving state-wise details on sums of money paid towards Hindu appeasement.
Pilgrimage subsidy of Rs 800 crore offered to yatris traveling to Kashi, Ayodhya and Mathura
Pilgrimage subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh to yatris going to Mansarovar
Releasing a Rs 100 crore grant to Madhya Pradesh government for Simhastha Maha Kumbh
Allocation of Rs 38.91 crore by Rajasthan government in 2017–2018 towards Devasthan department Allocation of Rs 26 crore for training of Hindu priests and renovation of temples by earlier government
Giving Rs 1 crore towards Dera Sacha Sauda headed by discredited godman Ram Rahim Singh
The above-mentioned appeasements were made by BJP led government in the various states. At the same time, he also made a mention of the Congress led government in Karnataka who had offered Rs 20,000 to pilgrims wishing to do the ‘Char Dham’ yatra and termed it as ‘Janeyudhari’ politics.
He called for an end to this vote bank politics.