MIM withdraws support to Cong for ‘targeting Muslims’

Andhra PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana put up a brave front, saying the Kiran Kumar Reddy government was in no immediate danger. "We have heard what Owaisi had to say. We will try to address the issues raised by him," he said.

Owaisi said the party's first priority was to pull down the Kiran Reddy government, and that they were not afraid of facing an election. "We were forced to take this decision because the CM has failed to protect the interests of the Muslims. He is defying HC orders and behaving as if there is no law. He and his government are supporting the BJP and Sangh Parivar in targeting Muslims. Since 2010, we have been reporting to the government about a series of incidents in which Sangh Parivar members have attacked Muslims, their properties and vehicles, but the government has failed to act," Owaisi said. He even compared the temple row to Babri Masjid and Reddy's role to that of then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao. The void left by a "partisan" leader like Rao had been filled by Reddy, Owaisi said.

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