AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi won from Wayanad in Kerala in the last month’s Lok Sabha polls due to 40 percent Muslim votes in the constituency.
“The Congress leader himself lost in Amethi and received victory in Wayanad. Isn’t the 40% population of Wayanad Muslim?” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
Owaisi, according to the news agency, was addressing a rally when he made these remarks. He said, “You don’t want to leave Congress and other secular parties. But remember they don’t have strength, thinking, they don’t work hard…Where did BJP lose? In Punjab. Who’s there? Sikhs. Why did BJP lose anywhere else in India? Due to regional parties there and not Congress.”
Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM: The Congress leader himself lost in Amethi & received victory in Wayanad. Isn’t the 40% population of Wayanad Muslim? (09.06.2019) https://t.co/PxQJm7wWbz
— ANI (@ANI) June 9, 2019
Gandhi had decided to contest from Wayanad as well as his traditional seat Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress president lost Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani but won from Wayanad with nearly five lakh votes.
Gandhi’s decision to contest polls from Wayanad had become controversial even during the campaigning period of this year’s parliamentary polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told a rally in Wardha in Maharashtra that Gandhi chose the second seat primarily because Hindus were in minority there.
A complaint was filed against him before the Election Commission for the violation of the Model Code of Conduct but the national poll body later gave him a clean chit.