All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi, a well-known name in the country’s politics has turned 51 yesterday. Amid birthday wishes and congratulatory messages, a video comparing AIMIM leader and Ertugrul went viral on social media.
A clip from Turkish drama Dirilis Ertugrul (Resurrection: Ertugrul) where the lead character Ertugrul was seen tearing paper is being compared to the Owaisi’s act who tore a copy of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha, saying that the Bill seeks to divide the country.
Justifying his act to tear the Bill, addressing the Chair, he said: “You know madam how Mahatma Gandhi became Mahatma? He tore the national register card in South Africa. Since Mahatma tore that card, I am tearing this as it tries to divide the country.”
Resurrection: Ertugrul – a popular historical fiction series is emerging as a solace among Indian Muslims in the time of coronavirus lockdown.
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AIMIM chief, who belongs to a political family from Hyderabad, has emerged as the voice of Muslims during last few years in India. He took charge of the party after the death of his father in 2008.
Owaisi, born on 13 May 1969, is a barrister by profession and has reached the Lok Sabha for 4 consecutive terms as an MP from Hyderabad. Before becoming MP for the first time in 2004, Owaisi was also a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Before joining politics, Owaisi also tried his hand in cricket as a fast bowler during his college days and participated in many tournaments from South Zone.
From Ayodhya land dispute to triple talaq issue, Owaisi was often in the news due to his vocal voice on the issue of Muslims in the country. On the other hand, from demonetization to mob lynching against the minorities, Owaisi kept questioning the central government several times from Parliament to public meetings.
He has often courted controversies with his statements many times including his stance for not chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai in response to RSS chief’s comment that the new generation needs to be taught hailing mother India through slogans.
Owaisi kept trending on micro blogging site for his birthday where congratulatory message kept pouring from his followers on Wednesday.