This is nothing but 'pakoda' politics by BJP: Owaisi lashes out following Padmaavat protest

File photo of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 25, 2018, 09.51 AM (IST)

All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday said that the BJP is playing pakoda politics.

The comment comes following the ongoing protests over the controversial movie Padmaavat. 

"This is nothing but 'pakoda' politics being practised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Prime Minister and his party have laid a red carpet for these people (Padmaavat protesters) who are indulging in violence against children, burning down properties, have become a law into themselves. All this is happening because of tactical support of the BJP. The Prime Minister and his party have meekly surrendered before these people who are protesting."

He further accused PM Modi of double standards and said: "Prime Minister Modi's 56-inch chest is only for Muslims. Look at the biasness of their approach that without even consulting any Muslim member from his own Cabinet, without even putting it in the public domain, without even consulting any Muslim organisation, the government is bulldozing triple talaq bill."

He added, "But, when it comes to this film the name has been changed, the scenes have been cut. And, to satisfy the sentiments of some people the midriff of the heroine has been covered. What kind of politics is this?" Owaisi lamented.

Modi has been the centre of criticism since his comment over employment, in a recent interview, saying that a person earning Rs 200 a day by selling "pakodas" is also employed.

"If someone opened a small shop outside Zee studios, and they earn Rs 200 at the end of the day, isn't that part of employment generation? These small businesses are not part of the data, but there is growth in the number of such businesses," he said. 

The AIMIM leader alleged that it shows that the Constitution and rule of law are not important for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government.

Earlier, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel had also lashed out at PM Modi, saying that "Only a tea seller can tell unemployed youth to sell snacks. An economist would never say something like this."

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus 'Padmaavat', which released on Thursday, has been embroiled into controversy since its inception.

The movie, however, was a no-show in four states. Cinema hall owners in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Goa have refused to screen the movie saying they fear violence.