“Around ₹7.36 crore Muslims are married in the country and they have not divorced. Hardly one per cent of Muslims have gone for ‘talaq’. But, (Narendra) Modi is making this a tool in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ for political gains in view of the forthcoming elections,” he told a public meeting at Kausa in Mumbra township.

 

The Law Commission recently sought public views on abolition of the practice of ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims and on Uniform Civil Code, triggering a feverish debate in various quarters. Meanwhile, attacking the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Owaisi said the country got freedom due to the efforts of “all” and not because of the “Sangh Parivar”. He demanded “justice” for Ishrat Jahan, a local girl, who along with others, was allegedly killed in a fake encounter by the police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in 2004.

 

The AIMIM president also attacked Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for his “mediation” in ensuring the release of Karan Johar’s film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raj Thackeray, whose party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had opposed its release for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

 

“It is a mockery to suggest that the (army) jawans should get Rs5 crore,” the Hyderabad MP said in an apparent reference to Thackeray asking filmmakers, who had worked with Pakistani actors, to contribute Rs5 crore as “prayschit” (penance) money to Army Welfare Fund.