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    "Navneet Rana, Owaisi brothers speaking same language...": Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Anand Dubey

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    May9/ 2024
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    Shiv Sena leader accuses BJP's Navneet Rana and AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi of perpetuating Hindu-Muslim divide in election rhetoric. Dubey's remarks come amidst escalating tensions between the parties ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

    Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Anand Dubey

    Mumbai (Maharashtra): Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Anand Dubey on Thursday said that BJP leader Navneet Rana and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and his brother always bring the discussion to a "Hindu-Muslim" angle, adding that they are now speaking the same language to "polarise the elections".

    The remarks by Anand Dubey came after BJP leader and Amravati MP Navneet Rana issued a veiled warning to the Owaisi brothers in their stronghold of Hyderabad on Wednesday.

    To the AIMIM leader's statement that they would take them all of '15 minutes' to balance out the "Hindu-Muslim ratio" in the country, Navneet, who is seeking a fresh term in the Lok Sabha from Amravati, on a BJP ticket this time; hit back at the Owaisi brothers, saying "it would take us 15 seconds if the police were removed or made to stand down".

    In this regard, Anand Dubey said, "Be it Navneet Rana or Owaisi brothers, they are speaking the same language. Someone is saying, Give me police for fifteen minutes, then we will teach a lesson to Hindus, Someone is saying, Give me police for fifteen seconds, then we will teach a lesson to Muslims. They had to ultimately talk about Hindu-Muslim. Unless they do Hindu-Muslim, India-Pakistan, the BJP's water does not get digested."

    "BJP distributes certificates of Hindutva and gives knowledge of morality to others but at the same time, it does not control their leaders to stop making such remarks," he added.
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    Rana was heard saying in a video clip she posted on her X handle, tagging the Owaisi brothers, "The younger brother says, 'Remove the police for 15 minutes so that we can show them what we can do'. I want to tell the younger brother (Akbaruddin) that it might take you 15 minutes, but it will only take us 15 seconds. It will take us all of 15 seconds if we come to the forefront."

    Reacting to BJP leader Navneet Rana's "15-second lagenge" remark, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give her one hour instead of 15 seconds and asserted they are not "scared" of the BJP leader.

    "I tell Modi ji - give her 15 seconds. What will you do? Give her 15 seconds, give her 1 hour. We, too, want to see if you have any humanity left in you. Who is scared? We are ready...If someone is making an open call for it, then so be it. PM is yours; RSS is yours; everything is yours. Do it. Who is stopping you? Tell us where we have to come, we will be there. Do it," Owaisi told reporters on Thursday.

    At a meeting in 2013, Akbaruddin warned "100 crore Hindus" that his community would show what it could do if the police were withdrawn for '15 minutes'.

    Also, Navneet Rana, while addressing a public meeting in Hyderabad, said that Pakistan loves Congress and AIMIM.

    "If you vote for AIMIM and Congress, it goes directly to Pakistan. The kind of 'AIMIM prem' and 'Rahul prem' that Pakistan is showing--that defeat Modi and make Rahul win. Just like the Congress government governed the country on the signals of Pakistan, the same Pakistan is today saying that they love Congress and AIMIM," she said.

    Voting for all 17 seats in Telangana will take place on May 13 in the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.