In a show of strength, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday evening led a massive road show in the MIM's stronghold in Old City of Hyderabad.
Accompanied with TPCC President N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, Leader of Opposition in Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir, AICC Secretary R.C. Khuntia, CLP Secretary T. Ram Mohan Reddy, Youth Congress president Anil Kumar Yadav, GHCC Minorities Department chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, GHCC General Secretary Syed Nizamuddin and other senior leaders, Digvijay Singh led a rally from Chandrayangutta to Khilwat Grounds. The Congress leaders were given a warm reception by the local residents.
Addressing the road show, Digvijay Singh said that the MIM was not serious on the development of Muslim community and its leaders were completely focused on individual growth. "MIM leaders have aligned with the communal forces like BJP, Shiv Sena and other outfits of Sangh Parivar. MIM contested on 17 seats in Maharashtra Assembly elections while they contested on less number of seats in Hyderabad where they are headquartered. Their entry was aimed at division of Muslim votes and they directed benefitted the BJP and Shiv Sena. Their attempts to divide secular votes were foiled by the people of Bihar. Similarly, people of Hyderabad, especially Old City, should reject MIM so as to defeat communal forces," he said.
Digvijay Singh said that MIM leaders Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddin Owaisi grew stronger with the help of Muslim votes. But they never cared about the development of Muslim community. He said that the Congress party nourished MIM by mistaking it to be a secular party. However, he announced that the Congress would never ally with MIM in future.
The AICC leader also slammed Telangana Chief Minister and TRS Chief K. Chandrashekar Rao and dubbed him as 'Mini Modi'. He said KCR did not fulfill any of the promises that he made during General Elections in 2014. He also targeted Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and said he has become a part of Sangh Parivar by joining the NDA Government at the Centre. He said only Congress party was capable of fighting with the communal forces in the country. He appealed to the people of Old City to ensure victory of all Congress candidates in the GHMC elections. He claimed that the Congress party's entry into the Old City has sent shockwaves for MIM and now it is contesting elections not to win, but to defeat Congress candidates.
Digvijay Singh also accused the BJP Government at the Centre of pursuing communal agenda.
Later, Digvijay Singh and other Congress leaders addressed a massive public meeting at Khilwat Grounds.