MIM withdraws support to Congress govt in Andhra Pradesh, UPA at Centre
The Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) today decided to withdraw support to the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh and UPA government at the Centre.
Addressing a news conference at Darussalam, the party headquarters here, MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi said the MIM allied with the Congress party only because the TDP had an alliance with the BJP-led NDA.
He said the MIM during TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu's regime has played an important role exposing the misdeeds of his government.
Mr Owaisi said during the TDP regime, many party workers including himself were arrested and many innocent Muslim boys were picked up in Hyderabad and incarcerated in Gujarat jails for five to six years.
The boys had come out due to the court of law, the MIM MP said. " We suffered a lot due to the BJP-led NDa alliance," he added.
Mr Owaisi said in 2004, "we steadfastly supported the UPA government from outside. Our party also wholeheartedly supported the Trust motion of the UPA government in the Lok Sabha in July 2008, " he said.
On various issues impinging on the interests of the minorities, though," we have put across our point of view before the Congress and UPA," he added.
In Andhra Pradesh, he said MIM has been an ally of the Congress extending its outside support since 2004. " We actively supported the Congress in the run-up to the 2004 polls and also continued this support during the 2009 elections. On key issues like the demand for separate Telangana statehood, we have taken a principled stand in favour of united Andhra Pradesh and offered secondary options like formation of Rayala-Telangana (by merging Telangana and Rayalaseema ) with Hyderabad as its capital," Mr Owaisi said.