SP-Congress alliance to cover up their weaknesses, says Asaduddin Owaisi

The SP would contest 298 seats and the Congress 105, as per the seat-sharing formula clinched between the two parties yesterday for the UP polls.

SP-Congress alliance to cover up their weaknesses, says Asaduddin Owaisi

Terming the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance for Uttar Pradesh assembly polls as a "bunch of contradictions”, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi said the two parties got together in a bid to cover up their weaknesses.

The SP would contest 298 seats and the Congress 105, as per the seat-sharing formula clinched between the two parties yesterday for the UP polls.

“Basically, it’s bunch of contradictions,” Owaisi, the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad, said.


“So the people of UP would remember the 2012 election manifesto (of SP) and the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and unfulfilled promises. Where is the promise of reservation to Muslims? Akhilesh did not form a single committee to take this forward. These are relevant questions people will ask,” Owaisi added.

Referring to SP’s promise of giving pressure cooker to the poor women in the election manifesto released yesterday, Owaisi said, “He (Akhilesh) himself is in a pressure-cooker situation.”

“Instead of distributing pressure cooker, SP itself is in a pressure cooker situation,” he said.

During the Gujarat riots of 2002, the then Narendra Modi government in the state “failed to protect life (of people) which is a constitutional duty of a government, and people will not forget the Gujarat riots,” Owaisi alleged.

“So, how can one forget Muzaffarnagar riots which happened under the Akhilesh government? So, this is the problem of all these so-called secular parties (Congress) that they want us to forget Muzaffarnagar because they have allied with the Samajwadi Party."

“So, people of Uttar Pradesh will never forget Muzaffarnagar,” Owaisi added.

The AIMIM leader also questions the purpose of the alliance. If the objective of the alliance was to consolidate the Muslim vote, why could not a single Muslim win in the 2014 Lok Sabha election (in Uttar Pradesh), he questioned.

“What happened to your (SP and Congress) vote? So, the Congress and the SP are both trying to cover up their own weaknesses,” he said, adding, “(chief minister) Akhilesh Yadav is trying to cover up his misgovernance and he has failed to fulfil his promises.”