Come behead us if you can: Owaisi challenges Yogi

Come behead us if you can: Owaisi challenges Yogi

After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated recently that he will make MIM leaders Asaduddin and Akbaruddin run away from Hyderabad if BJP comes to power, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin challenged the UP CM if he could dare to do so.

"You want us to run away from Hyderabad and cut our heads? Come, behead us," he said, speaking at a public meeting in Malakpet. He said that no one can make him or any other Muslim leave the state just because of their religion. Coming down heavily on Yogi, he asked about why the BJP is looking at them only from a "religious angle." Adding to his criticism, he said that the MIM is demanding reservation for Muslims due to economic backwardness and not for religious reasons.

While Yogi Adityanath's comments drew flak from political circles in Telangana, they were also unnecessarily provocative, say political analysts. During the election season when tempers and passions run high, it is unfortunate that the BJP and AIMIM are indulging in religious provocative statements.

It would be wise for both the parties to focus on poll management rather than playing with voters' sentiments.