Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Hyderabad Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi said on Saturday night that he was opposed to the idea of making the City a Union Territory. “If the state is bifurcated, Hyderabad should remain capital of Telangana,” he said while addressing a large public meeting in the old city.
Owaisi also made it clear that none of the elected representatives from his party would quit the Assembly. “We never fought elections on the T issue. Therefore, we would not go with those who resigned or wish to resign. Our party concerns are different and we need not to give priority to them,” he said.
He said there is hardly any support for Muslim politicians in Telangana from parties other than MIM. The seven Muslims in the Assembly from the T region are from the MIM. Likewise, only one Muslim (himself) was elected to the Lok Sabha from the entire AP. “This kind of party disposition towards Muslims is a major cause of concern for us,” he said.
According to Owaisi the sharing of water and huge debt would be major disputes among the three regions if the state is divided. He also urged the Centre to end the political impasse in the state. “By dragging its feet on this kind of sensitive issue for years, the central government is hurting the sentiments of the people. Hyderabad which had been doing well on the international investment map for long is losing out to other major cities in south. The Centre should initiate immediate steps to bring an end to this uncertainty,” he added. TOI