The ongoing country-wide agitation against CAB and NRC by the minorities took a different turn on Friday with MIM party using national flags to exhibit their loyalty towards ‘nationality’ during a mammoth rally named as ‘Tiranga Rally’ taken out in Hyderabad on Friday.
The lone Member of Parliament representing Majlis-eIttehadul-Musslimin (MIM) from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi had earlier gave a clarion call to his cadre to carry national flags and accordingly, a large number of Muslims took part in the rally with national flags in hand instead of holding party flags to protest against the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
This ignited criticism from various quarters on social media as to how Owaisi’s could use National Flags for his political benefits. However, his critics pointed out that Owaisi had been a strong critic of BJP for what he termed playing ‘Nationalistic’ politics, and unfortunately he had no other option but to toe the line of BJP by using national flags to exhibit his loyalty to this country. “Maybe it was a strategic move by Owaisi to counter BJP’s attempt to brand Muslims opposing CAA and NRC as anti-nationals. But the fact remains that Owaisi had finally held the national flag so high. Thanks to Modi for forcing Owaisi to tread his path”, remarked a senior Journalist from the old city who doesn’t want to be named.
He also recollected several instances wherein how the National Flag was insulted, torn and burnt down by Muslim youth in the old city in the past besides using firecrackers to celebrate the victory of Pakistan over his Indian team. “It has been a regular practice of distributing sweets whenever Pak records victory over India. But, Owiaisi never condemned it rather he chose to remain silent”, he quipped.
The point in question is how Hyderabad Police could give MIM all the required permissions to hold the rally and the public meeting, without any prejudice against the backdrop of their denial of the same to the Congress party a week ago forcing them to get the same through the court. This only exhibits Owaisi’s clout with the ruling TRS government which has though not aggressively opposing the CAA but chose to remain neutral with an eye on the minority vote bank. The KCR-led TRS government has not yet announced its stand on the implementation of NRC in the state.
However, addressing a mammoth gathering later in the evening, Asaduddin announced that the national flag would be unfurled at the Charminar on the midnight of January 25th to commemorate the Republic Day celebrations next day albeit as a mark of protest again.