Revoke Muslims' Voting Right, Says Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut

12/04/2015 3:58 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 23: (R- L) BJP Leader Vinod Tawde and Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut addressing press after the BJP-Sena executive committee meeting at Dadar on September 23, 2014 in Mumbai, India. Both parties said that they were firm on continuing the alliance as they resumed the deadlocked seat-sharing talks for Maharashtra Assembly polls. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

MUMBAI — Voting rights of Muslims should be revoked to stop vote-bank politics, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has said in an article slamming AIMIM leaders Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi for polarising the community.

In the article published in the latest issue of the Shiv Sena's mouth piece Saamna, Raut, also a Rajya Sabha member, addressed All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Owaisi as "Owaisi bhai from Hyderabad" and said: "As long as Muslim votes are for sale, the community will remain backward and its leaders will become rich."

In the article written in Marathi, he said it was because of this that Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray had said "voting rights for Muslims should be taken away".

"Owaisi bhai is doing politics of Muslim votes and we don't know if it will benefit him or the community, but it will harm the country," Raut said in the write-up.

The Shiv Sena leader also said that earlier the Imam of Jama Masjid had assumed the right to guide Muslim votes, now Owaisi is doing that, and added that it is an "alarm bell" for Muslims.

Akbaruddin Owaisi, in a rally in Mumbai earlier this week, had targeted Shiv Sena and dared Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to come to Hyderabad.

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