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After Rishi Sunak’s UK victory, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi wants to see ‘a Muslim girl wearing hijab as Indian Prime Minister’


Asaduddin Owaisi wants to see “a Muslim girl wearing the hijab as Indian Prime Minister”. Twitter/@aimim_national

New Delhi: All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi said he also wants to see a hijab-wearing girl become Prime Minister of India in the future. His remarks came when he was asked for his comments on Indian-born Rishi Sunak becoming the UK’s first Hindu prime minister.

“I wish to see a girl with hijab as Prime Minister of India,” Owaisi said Tuesday at a press briefing in Vijayapura (Bijapur) in Karnataka during his campaign for the party’s five candidates in competing in municipal polls.

Owaisi wants to see a hijab-wearing girl as India’s prime minister

Referring to Sunak becoming non-British to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Owaisi said: “They have their own democracy, they can change Prime Minister. It’s their problem. But there is a ban on wearing the hijab. I said, Inshallah, during my lifetime or after my lifetime, there will be a situation where a girl wearing hijab will become Prime Minister of India.

Earlier in February, when protests against the hijab were underway in Karnataka, the AIMIM president had asked Muslim women not to fear anyone and to wear the “burqa” and “hijab”.

Owaisi attacks PM Modi, BJP

During his address to the media on Tuesday, Owaisi attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said he was against halal meat and other aspects of the Muslim lifestyle. He further alleged that the BJP is against Muslim’s identity.

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Owaisi also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of only “playing lip service” with his slogan “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas”. He claimed that “the reality on the ground is completely different because the BJP’s agenda is to kill the country’s pluralism.”

Quest for the hijab of Karnataka: verdict shared by the Supreme Court

On October 13, the Supreme Court issued a split judgment on a set of pleas challenging the restriction on female Karnataka Muslim students wearing the hijab in state educational institutions.

Judge Hemant Gupta upheld the ban and ruled that the hijab was not an essential religious practice, while Judge Sudhanshu Dhulia overturned the ban, saying girls’ education was most important.

The matter has been referred to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for proper guidance and constitution of a proper wider bench.

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