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Shamshan won against kabrastan in UP: Owaisi on BJP victory

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi today termed "shamshan winning against kabrastan" the Bharatiya Janata Party's resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

"The classic example is (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi's reference to freedom from slavery of thousand years, where he was referring to the cultural nationalism.

"And now, one party is trying to impose its ideology and thoughts on minorities. The BJP's victory in UP is 'shamshan (crematorium) winning against kabrastan (graveyard)," the Hyderabad MP said at the India Today
conclave in Mumbai.

During a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh, Modi had stressed that there should be no discrimination on the basis of caste and religion. "If there is electricity in kabrastan and during Ramzan, it must also be available in a samshan and during Diwali," Modi had said.

In the bitterly-fought election, the BJP secured a landslide mandate, winning 312 out of 403 seats in the northern state.

Owaisi observed that days of the dynastic politics are certainly over now.

"One has to be an effective communicator to reach out to people. And you do not have to be a junior Modi to defeat Narendra Modi," he said.


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