Hours after Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay slammed Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) and K Chandrashekar Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for "trying to win Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls with Rohingyas, Pakistani and Afghanistani voters", the AIMIM chief has lashed out at the BJP leader and challenged him to "tell how many Pakistanis live here in 24 hours".
"TRS & AIMIM trying to win GHMC polls with Rohingyas, Pakistani & Afghanistani voters. GHMC polls should be conducted without voters from Pakistan, Afghanistan & Rohingyas. We will do a surgical strike in Old City once we win the polls," Bandi Sanjay said in a rally at Habsiguda in Hyderabad.
Lashing out at the BJP leader, Owaisi said, "A BJP leader said that if they win elections (GHMC) then they'll do surgical strike in the Old City to remove Pakistanis, Rohingyas from there. All those living here are citizens of India. I give you 24 hours to tell how many Pakistanis live here?"
On Monday, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya had launched a scathing attack on Owaisi. He alleged that Asaduddin Owaisi and his brother Akbaruddin Owaisi have not allowed any development in old Hyderabad. The only thing they allowed is Rohingya Muslims, the Bangalore South MP said. Surya further said that voting for Owaisi is the same as voting against India.
"Laughable that Akabaruddin & Asaduddin Owaisi are speaking of development. They haven't allowed development in old Hyderabad, the only thing they allowed is Rohingya Muslims. Every single vote to Owaisi is a vote against India & everything that India stands for," Surya said.
Tejasvi Surya also added that Asaduddin Owaisi is speaking the same language as the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah. "He (Asaduddin Owaisi) speaks the language of rabid Islamism, separatism and extremism which Mohd Ali Jinnah was also speaking," he said.
Surya has claimed the entire of south India will be 'saffornised' with the BJP winning elections beginning with the GHMC polls. Meanwhile, Owaisi has accused the BJP of trying to give a communal colour.
The polls are scheduled to be held on December 1.