‘Modi govt has not learned from election results’: Asaduddin Owaisi questions UAPA | Latest News India

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By Mahtab Ahmad

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) supremo Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday raised his concerns over the future of Muslims, tribals and Dalit people who are being held under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Taking a jibe, the Hyderabad MP said he hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would learn something from the Lok Sabha election results, but they poured cold water on his expectation

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi (HT File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi (HT File Photo)(HT_PRINT)

“The UAPA law is in the news again today. This is an extremely ruthless law due to which thousands of Muslim, Dalit and tribal youth were imprisoned and their lives were ruined,” Owaisi said in a post on X.

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The AIMIM chief further claimed that the stringent law became the reason for the death of 85-year-old Stan Swamy. Swamy, a tribal activist, died in judicial custody in 2021. He was arrested under the UAPA in connection with the 2018 Bhima-Koregaon violence case.

Owaisi objected to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act Bill 2019 in the Lok Sabha and blamed Congress for enacting the UAPA law.

“This law was made even more stringent by the Congress government in 2008 and 2012, I had opposed it even then. In 2019, when the BJP again brought more stringent provisions and exemptions, the Congress supported the BJP. I had opposed this law even then,” he said.

“We hoped from Modi 3.0 that he would learn something from the election results but they poured cold water on our expectations. This series of atrocities and excesses will continue,” he added.

Earlier this week, Delhi lieutenant governor VK Saxena has approved the prosecution of Booker-winning author Arundhati Roy and former Professor of international law at the Central University of Kashmir, Sheikh Showkat Hussain, in a case relating to their alleged provocative speeches at a public function in 2010.

The first information report (FIR) in the case was registered on November 28, 2010 on the directions of the metropolitan magistrate for the offences of sedition, promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language, with imputations and assertions prejudicial to national integration, officials at the LG secretariat said.

Roy and Hussain had allegedly made provocative speeches at a conference organised under the banner of “Azadi – The Only Way” on October 21, 2010 at LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi. The issues discussed and spoken about at the conference allegedly propagated the “separation of Kashmir from India”.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha results came as a setback for both alliances as BJP this time failed to cross the majority mark of 272 seats, unlike 282 and 303 in the previous two terms in 2014 and 2019, respectively and INDIA bloc couldn’t make to the throne.

According to the Election Commission of India, the BJP won 240 seats, significantly lower than its 2019 tally of 303. The Congress made substantial gains, winning 99 seats. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secured 293 seats, while the INDIA bloc crossed the 230 mark, posing stiff competition and defying predictions.

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