AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi sparks furore following ‘reverential’ visit to Aurangzeb’s tomb

Shiv Sena, NCP query Telangana MLA’s provocative act in ‘Shivaji’s land’; BJP calls for Uddhav Thackeray govt. to slap sedition cost in opposition to Owaisi

Shiv Sena, NCP query Telangana MLA’s provocative act in ‘Shivaji’s land’; BJP calls for Uddhav Thackeray govt. to slap sedition cost in opposition to Owaisi  

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi stirred up a hornet’s nest but once more along with his reverential go to to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s tomb in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, evoking widespread condemnations throughout Maharashtra’s political spectrum because the ruling Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Occasion and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) amongst others slammed the AIMIM chief’s ‘provocative act’ within the “land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.”

A five-term MLA from Chandrayangutta in Telangana, Mr. Owaisi, who has ceaselessly courted controversy along with his fiery speeches previously, had prayed earlier than the Mughal Emperor’s tomb in Khuldabad and laid flowers on it forward of a perform in Aurangabad on Thursday.

Following this, the ruling tripartite ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ coalition, significantly the Shiv Sena got here down closely on Mr. Owaisi for intentionally trying to disturb Maharashtra’s peace along with his actions, whereas the opposition Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) demanded the ruling authorities to indicate some backbone and cost the AIMIM chief with sedition.    

Lashing out on the AIMIM chief, Sena MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut mentioned that the politics of the Owaisi brothers (alluding to Mr. Owaisi’s brother, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi) appeared merely to disrupt Maharashtra’s social concord.

“It is just to rile everybody in Maharashtra that he [Akbaruddin Owaisi] intentionally bowed earlier than Aurangzeb’s tomb. However let me remind him, that this Mughal Emperor, who plotted in opposition to Maharashtra for such a very long time, was put into his grave by the Marathas. Right this moment you might be coming right here and reciting namaaz earlier than this tomb, someday later, you [Mr. Owaisi] should go into go into an analogous grave as effectively,” mentioned Mr. Raut.

The Sena chief warned that Maharashtra would put the AIMIM chief into his grave in the identical approach by which Aurangzeb was put into his by the Marathas.

Former BJP MP Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati – a direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji and a royal from Kolhapur district in western Maharashtra – condemned Mr. Owaisi’s motion by remarking that it was “extremely improper”.

“Whereas I’m not conscious of the exact particulars, if this has occurred, then that is neither correct nor acceptable. That is the land of Chhatrapati Shivaji,” he mentioned.

The final ‘Nice Moghul’, Aurangzeb had twice been viceroy of the Deccan earlier than returning again in 1682 CE to crush the nascent Maratha kingdom based by Shivaji. Whereas the Mughal military succeeding in storming the Maratha capital Raigad and Aurangzeb cruelly murdered Shivaji’s son, Chhatrapati Sambhaji in 1689 CE, the Marathas finally prevailed in a 25-year-long guerrilla conflict with the Mughals.

Worn out by the pressure of his relentless marketing campaign in opposition to the Marathas, Aurangzeb, who by no means returned to Delhi, died a damaged man in 1707 – consumed by the “Deccani ulcer” as memorably put by his most well-known historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar.

NCP MP Amol Kolhe, who has essayed the roles of each Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his son Sambhaji in a Marathi tv sequence, censured Mr. Owaisi by questioning as to what sort of an instance the AIMIM chief was setting by glorifying and revering Aurangzeb.  

“All religions got here collectively below Shivaji Maharaj to defend the land in opposition to the invading Mughals. Shivaji Maharaj’s personal bodyguard and gunner had been Muslims. Alternatively, Aurangzeb cruelly confined his father [Emperor Shah Jahan] till the latter’s loss of life and murdered his brothers [Dara Shukoh, Shah Shuja and Murad Bux]. So, what instance are you [Owaisi] setting by bowing earlier than his tomb?” mentioned Mr. Kolhe.

In the meantime, BJP MLA Ram Kadam demanded that if the State authorities had the center, they must slap a sedition cost on Mr. Owaisi.

“Aurangzeb destroyed a number of temples and troubled the Hindu populace. And Owaisi bows earlier than him within the land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj – his biggest nemesis. Will the Uddhav Thackeray authorities permit him to flee scot-free?” mentioned Mr. Kadam.

BJP MLA Nitesh Rane launched a broadside in opposition to the AIMIM whereas accusing the Mr. Thackeray’s authorities of being “pacific” and failing to reply to hardline Muslim outfits just like the Raza Academy previously.

Including gas to the fireplace, unbiased MLA from Badnera Ravi Rana, who was just lately arrested alongside along with his spouse, MP Navneet Rana, and slapped with a sedition cost for threating to play the Hanuman Chalisa in entrance of Uddhav Thackeray’s non-public residence, criticised the Thackeray authorities for not lodging a sedition cost in opposition to Mr. Owaisi.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Gajanan Kale warned that if the MVA authorities didn’t take any motion inside 24 hours, then the MNS would take the matter into its personal palms.

The BJP and the MNS’ responses come in opposition to the backdrop of the continuing sabre-rattling over Maharashtra’s ‘Hindutva’ area between the Sena, its erstwhile estranged saffron ally the BJP and the Raj Thackeray-led MNS.

The BJP (and the MNS) has by no means bored with accusing the Sena of forsaking its ‘Hindutva’ beliefs for the reason that latter’s alliance with the ideologically opposed NCP and the Congress so as to be in energy within the State.  

Censuring Mr. Owaisi’s motion, Shiv Sena MLC Ambadas Danve nonetheless accused each the AIMIM and Raj Thackeray-led MNS for taking part in equally divisive politics.

“On condition that the AIMIM has sprung from the Razakars [paramilitary force deployed by the Nizam of Hyderabad to resist integration with India after 1947], it isn’t stunning that Owaisi visited and paid his respects earlier than Aurangzeb’s tomb because the mentality of the sooner Islamic dynasties is similar as that of the AIMIM. Nonetheless, these Muslims, who take into consideration the welfare of the nation, ought to keep away from AIMIM and the divisive politics of the Owaisi brothers. It’s essential to be vigilant about their strikes,” Mr. Danve mentioned.

Khuldabad holds the tombs of numerous saints and nice males. Whoever goes to Khuldabad, visits Aurangzeb’s dargah. You can not inform So, there isn’t a cause to learn something. Based on faith,

Mr. Owaisi had come to put the inspiration stone of the Naqeeb-e-Millat Academic Campus, which is a department of the ‘Owaisi Faculty of Excellence’. Mr. Owaisi runs as many as 11 such faculties as a part of his charitable and academic work in Hyderabad. The proposed facility in Aurangabad is to be a free college for underprivileged youngsters.

In his speech on Thursday, Mr. Owaisi mentioned that the varsity could be open not solely to Muslim group youngsters, however to youngsters of all faiths and even agnostics.

Remarking there was no have to learn something ‘political’ into Mr. Owaisi’s go to to Aurangzeb’s tomb, Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel mentioned: “There are various dargahs of non secular leaders and tombs of nice males at Khuldabad… anybody coming right here invariably visits Aurangzeb’s resting place as effectively. It’s a part of our faith to learn the namaaz whereas visiting any holy place. There is no such thing as a have to interpret this go to in a different way,” mentioned Mr. Jaleel.

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