National president of the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi has demanded that the Gujarat High Court conduct the hearing of the Ishrat Jahan encounter case on a day-to-day basis.

President of All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi (centre) addressing a press conference in Kalaburagi on Saturday.— PHOTO: Arun Kulkarni

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Owaisi, also the Hyderabad MP, said that the trial has been delayed inordinately and the High Court should take up the case on priority.

He also charged the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of closing the avenues of employment to Muslims by depriving them of reservation benefits in Central government jobs.

He said that the reply provided by the Union Ministry of Ayush to a RTI query stated that the policy of the government was not to provide employment for Muslims in the ministry.

This is anti-constitutional, he said.

He said that the Union government was discriminating the people on the basis of their religion and caste and pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not represent any one particular community or religion but the entire country.

Such kind of blatant practice of discrimination would only alienate the Muslim community from the main stream, he added.

Claiming that all the political parties were afraid of the popularity of the AIMIM and were stifling the voice of the party leaders, Mr. Owaisi said that if the Congress government in the State had prevented him and other AIMIM leaders from addressing public meetings and taking out processions in Bengaluru during the Brahat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike elections, the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh was now preventing the party from organising any public meeting in the State.

He further sid that the party would contest the next Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. Owaisi further said that the ideology of the AIMIM was to fight for the equal rights of all sections of society irrespective of their religion and caste. (The Hindu)