Jailed gangster and former MP Atiq Ahmad and his wife on Tuesday joined AIMIM in presence of its chief Asaduddin Owaisi drawing a sharp reaction from the BJP which said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will not allow "Jinnah's jehadi mentality" to flourish in Uttar Pradesh. While Atiq's wife Shaista Praveen joined the AIMIM at a press conference here, Atiq Ahmad joined the new party in absentia.
Owaisi inducted former Samajwadi Party leader Ahmad and his wife claiming that the SP and Bahujan Samaj Party used Muslims as slaves in their parties. Defending his decision to induct Ahmad, who has several criminal cases lodged against him, Owaisi also asserted that even several BJP leaders are facing several cases.
"In UP, 37 per cent BJP MLAs have criminal cases. 116 BJP MPs have serious criminal cases and most of them have cases related to crime against women," Owaisi said. The BJP sharply reacted to his assertion and the development.
Giving protection to a notorious like Atiq Ahmed in the name of providing protection to the community, inducting him and his wife in AIMIM shows Owais' mentality. But keep in mind that Yogi Ji will not allow Jinnah's jehadi mentality to flourish in UP," BJP Kannauj MP Subrat Pathak said in a tweet in Hindi. While inducting Ahmad and his wife in AIMIM, Owais also said his party has made all booth-level preparations to contest 100 out of total 403 assembly seats in UP.
"Muslims used to do 'gulami' (slavery) of Samajwadi Party and BSP and raise slogans in their favour and to make their government. But when it comes to giving them participation, they did not talk," he said "The AAP, SP, BSP did not want anyone from the Muslim community to emerge as a leader. As I am talking of giving participation to Muslims, they are feeling uncomfortable," he said. "When it comes to giving participation and representation to the Muslims, they say it will increase communalism. The SP-BSP contested elections together, yet the BJP won. Muslims had given them votes. Where all those votes have gone?" he said.
Owaisi asserted that his party's objective is to defeat BJP, Owaisi said he is with Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party and other parties are also with them. On giving tickets to Hindus, Owiasi said, "The OBCs are our brothers, we will give tickets to Dalits also and they will win.
A five-time legislator and one-time MP Ahmad, now over 60 years, has more than 90 criminal cases, including those of murders, abductions, illegal mining, extortion, intimidation and fraud, against him. He is lodged in a Gujarat jail. He was shifted there from Uttar Pradesh on the Supreme Court's directions in 2019.
Till now, police have taken action on his properties worth more than ?200 crore. These actions were taken against Atiq Ahmed under the Gangster Act Besides demolishing the buildings, illegally built by Atiq and his men, the Allahabad district administration has also attached his several properties and those of his associates.