MIM withdraws support to UPA, Andhra Pradesh government
Accusing the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh of giving a free run to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) on Monday withdrew support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre and the state government in Andhra Pradesh.
The MIM accused Congress government in Andhra Pradesh of high handedness in connection to the issue of temple renovation in Hyderabad's Old City area.
MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi told CNN-IBN: "We are disappointed with state government's inaction over several minority issues. We are withdrawing support, ending 14 year relation."
"We will expose the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh. Jagan Reddy is a friend. Kiran Kumar Reddy was a friend. We will see how 2014 elections plays out," Owaisi said.
Owaisi told reporters that the MIM could not continue to give its support to the Congress at a time when Sangh activists were 'allowed to have a free run' but the 'Muslim minorities were targeted'.
Pertinently, the MIM has seven MLAs in Andhra Pradesh Assembly while it has one MP in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress, which has 155 in the 294-member Assembly, does not face threat after the MIM withdrew its support.
Troubles started when the state government allowed to erect a canopy over a temple abutting Charminar that allegedly broke the Andhra Pradesh High Court's order to maintain status quo, media reports said.
MIM legislators were reportedly arrested on Sunday after they protested over the temple controversy in the state.
Violent protests occurred in some parts of the Old City area of Hyderabd following arrests of MIM legislators and party activists.