Ju­nior Owaisi’s Mum­bai Ral­lies Cause Heart­burn for Cong, SP

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Mum­bai: His ral­lies are at­tract­ing more crowds then that of even Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis or Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray, yet as Ma­jlis-e-It­te­hadul Mus­limeen’s ( MIM) Ak­barud­din Owaisi ad­dresses huge ral­lies in Mum­bai, it is only the Congress and the Sa­ma­jwadi Party that are feel­ing the heat now. Known for mak­ing communal state­ments, the younger Owaisi – brother of Asadud­din -- has re­frained from tak­ing that path dur­ing his cam­paigns. He typ­i­cally be­gins by at­tack­ing the Con­gressNCP and then wraps up by targeting the BJP and Shiv Sena, and some­times touches upon con­tro­ver­sial is­sues such as the de­mo­li­tion of Babri Masjid.

But from the re­sponse dur­ing his ral­lies, it looks as if he is hit­ting the mark most of the time, es­pe­cially with the youth.

Congress lead­ers are get­ting jit­tery about Ak­barud­din’s pop­u­lar­ity and fear that their party’s prospects are likely to be hit. “He is ex­tremely pop­u­lar among the youth -- there are huge crowds cheer­ing him. His pop­u­lar­ity is a cause for con­cern,” ad­mit­ted a Con- gress leader on the con­di­tion of anonymity. He even con­ceded that the party may get only around 35 to 40 seats in the com­ing BMC elec­tions.

MIM’s Ak­barud­din Owaisi

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