Even before it could recover from the shock of withdrawal of support by Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Congress party in Andhra Pradesh is in for another jolt. The Muslim United Action Committee, an umbrella of several socio-religious Muslim organisations in the state, is meeting in Hyderabad on Wednesday to discuss its future course of action against the Congress government.
The action committee comprises of organisations like Majlis-e-Tameer-e- Millat, Jamiatul Mashaiq, Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith, Majlis-e-Ulema-e-Deccan, apart from MIM. Several prominent and influential religious and social personalities are also part of the committee.
Abdul Raheem Qureshi, convenor of the committee and a leading figure in All India Muslim Personal Law Board, has already indicated that the committee will take up a massive public campaign against the communally biased attitude of Kiran Kumar Reddy government on wide range of issues including frequent incidents of communal violence and allowing the expansion of illegal temple structure adjacent to historic monument of Charminar in Hyderabad.
“The state government has given a free hand to Sangh Parivar and the communal elements in the police force to target Muslim minority in the state. There is an atmosphere of terror. Muslim minority is feeling insecure”, he said.
Wednesday’s meeting will also be attended by MIM president and member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi who withdrew support of his party from Congress two days ago plunging the state in deep political crisis.
“By its actions the Congress government has completely alienated the minorities in Andhra Pradesh. After what they have done on the issue of Charminar, I don’t think Muslims are going to support Congress any more. They have several options before them. They can choose any party but not Congress”, he said.
Why the action committee’s decision will be a big blow to Congress is the fact that it had played a major role in bringing Muslims closer to Congress in 2004 and 2009 elections and bringing the party in power.
The action committee leaders as well as leadership of MIM have announced that they will undertake a statewide tour to expose the “communal” face of Kiran Kumar Reddy government.
Meanwhile, strict security arrangements were continuing at and around Charminar as situation remained tense. The police had regulated the movement of the people on the main roads abetting the historic monument and only people coming to perform pooja at the temple were being allowed to enter the area.
On Tuesday, while the wife of the deputy chief minister Damodar Rajanarasimha was allowed to reach the temple adjacent to Charminar in a car, the state BJP president G Kishan Reddy was forced to return without performing pooja as police apprehended trouble during his visit.
At one stage when a massive number of people had gathered at Gulzar House to go towards the temple and started shouting religious slogans, police used mild force to disperse them.
Restrictions were also imposed on the people coming for prayers at Mecca Masjid near Charminar.
The restrictions on the movement of the traffic has brought the business activities in normally busy area to a standstill and local traders complained that they have suffered losses of several crores during last four days and could not do any business during the festival season.
The patients in the nearby Nizamia Unani Hospital were the worst sufferers as attendants were not able to bring food to them.
All the nearby roads and lanes were sealed and no body was allowed to enter or come out from the hospital.
“There is no drinking water for the patients and the police is not allowing us to come out. Even women are being beaten up”, complained one of the attendants of a patient. Rediff