Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi said that Rahul Gandhi won the Wayanad seat in Kerala due to Muslim voters, as the constituency has 40 percent Muslim voters.
Speaking to a gathering on Sunday, Owaisi said that Muslims does not want alms.
"On 15 August 1947, our elders thought that this will be a new India. That India will be of Azad, Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar and of crores of their followers. I am still hopeful of getting our place in the country. We don't want alms, we don't want to survive on your alms," the Hyderabad MP said.
He added that while the Congress leader had won the Wayanad seat due to Muslim votes, he lost his traditional bastion to BJP leader and minister Smriti Irani.
"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. The Congress leader himself lost in Amethi and received victory in Wayanad. Isn't the 40 per cent population of Wayanad Muslim?" he added.
Gandhi had bagged 7,05,034 votes in the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat against his nearest rival PP Suneer of the Left Democartic Front (LDF) who had gotten 4,31,063 votes.
The Congress president was on a three-day visit to Wayanad and left for New Delhi on June 9.
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