Hyderabad, Aug 18: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) threatened to begin a massive protest if the government decided to announce Hyderabad a Union Territory or permanent capital following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, the MP from Hyderabad, said the government would commit a blunder if it decided to act on such suggestions by some leaders from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.
Owaisi, who was speaking at a public meeting organised at the Khilwath playground here on Saturday night, said Hyderabad belonged to all irrespective of their places of origin and every resident is secure here. He said the city is a part of India and nobody can ask one to leave the city.
Owaisi asked the secular parties to chalk out proper strategies to deal with the growing saffron activities in the country. He said it is urgently required or could make the nation pay huge price in the future. The MIM chief also warned the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) against making any electoral alliance with the BJP.
Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's chief of the 2014 poll campaign committee Narendra Modi's holding late TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N T Rama Rao in high regards and meeting with TDP leaders during his recent Hyderabad visit has given rise to speculations that the TDP might inch closer to the BJP. Owaisi said the results of such deal were visible in 2009 and the TDP should have learnt from it.
Owaisi also took a dig at Modi while speaking, saying the MIM was ready for a debate with the latter on any issue.