The response is overwhelming. Some merely offer ‘salam’, some shake hands, while a few persons try to hug him. Most are out there to see how he looks after the murderous attack. Even women peep out of their homes to catch a glimpse of the MIM leader.
Majlis legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi’s tour of his Chandrayangutta constituency is generating a lot of interest. After a gap of six months, he is on the move again. The ‘paidal daura’ is to renew contact with his constituents as also to speed up works hanging fire.
Though Mr. Akbaruddin made his first public appearance during Ramzan in Mecca Masjid, he has begun the mass contact programme only recently. However, before plunging into active public life, he visited the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer and Haji Malang Baba in Mumbai. Then early this month he flew to London with family for medical check up. Doctors are believed to have expressed satisfaction at the way his treatment was done back home.
The Majlis leader hit his constituency with a visit to areas in Riyasatnagar division on October 19. This was followed by a visit to Jangammet division and Barkas. He plans to cover the remaining four divisions in Chandrayangutta in the coming days. A noticeable change now is the presence of security. Apart from the three gunmen provided by government, Mr. Akbaruddin is also being guarded by his close associates. The local police are also accompanying him.
Mr. Akbaruddin makes it a point to refer to the attack on him and the ‘support’ extended by people. “God has given me a second lease of life as he wants me to work for the poor”, he remarks as the crowd cheers him.
SETS RECORD STRAIGHT
He seeks to set the record straight about Barkas. “It is only a few mischievous elements who conspired against me while the people of Barkas came to my rescue”, he says taking the names of local corporator, Mansoor Bin Mohd Awalqi and others like Mohsin Alkesari.
Addressing impromptu meetings he says, “I have not acquired any ill-gotten money nor harassed anybody, nor encroached upon anybody’s land.”
Having seen death at close quarters he has no fear of death or suffering, he says. This strikes an emotional chord with the people. Youth raise slogans and burst crackers. At several places during the padayatra he is stopped and offered garlands while elderly persons bless him. – (The Hindu News)