Published — Friday 16 November 2012
Last update 15 November 2012 4:29 pm
In a latest political setback to the ruling Congress party, its very old and important ally in Andhra Pradesh and partner in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the center, the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) on Monday pulled out its support and announced that it would ensure the collapse of the Congress government led by Kiran Kumar Reddy in Andhra Pradesh.
The decision to withdraw support was prompted by the arrest of the MIM legislators and corporators in connection with the protest of the expansion and renovation of a controversial Hindu disputed structure at the historical Charminar at the heart of Hyderabad city.
Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad MP and the president of MIM, accused the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy of encouraging Hindu fanatics in Hyderabad and surrounding areas.
In my opinion the stance of Kiran Kumar Reddy is unwise and because of his irresponsible behavior and mismanagement, the state government is losing grip on law and order in the state and is also facing many problems which may adversely impact the prospects of the Congress party in 2012 general election. The Congress party in the state is already in a spot of bother as newly formed YSR Congress which is increasingly becoming popular and other opposition parties are trying hard to oust the present Congress government.
As the elections are nearing now, many political parties have started planning and preparations for the elections. Also the communal parties with the full support of anti-social elements raising their heads and have started to exploit the situation for their benefits. Unfortunately, they are trying to fool public on religious lines and create divisions between the two communities by spreading communal hatred just to grab votes in the name of religion. People should be very careful and should not pay any heed to the communal parties. At this stage a minor mistake by the Congress will strengthen the communal forces; the situation must be handled very carefully and the government should not make blunders. — Zakaria Sultan, Riyadh