Aurangabad: Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse had killed him once, but modern-day “Godses” are killing Gandhi’s India on a day to day basis, according to Lok Sabha MP and AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi.

“Godse (Nathuram) ne toh Gandhi ko goli mari thi, magar maujuda Godse Gandhi ke Hindustan ko khatam kar rahe hain. Jo Gandhi ke maan ne wale hain main unse keh raha hun ki iss watan-e-azeez ko bacha lo (Godse had shot Gandhi, but modern-day Godses are killing off Gandhi’s Hindustan daily. I request the followers of Gandhi to save this beloved nation),” Owaisi said addressing a public rally here on Wednesday.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for their attempted National Register of Citizens (NRC) drive by saying, “Narendra Modi and his Home Minister keep saying that they will bring NRC in India. They are forgetting that there is a Constitution in India,” Owaisi said.

The party on Wednesday

announced the seventh list of three candidates for the ensuing Maharashtra Assembly elections scheduled to be held on October 21. Ayesha Mohammed Qazi will contest on the party ticket from Miraj, Syed Taher Hussain Moinuddin will contest from Ahmedpur, and Zahid Ibrahim Shaikh will contest from Hadapsar constituency. The list was finalised “with the approval of party chief Asaduddin Owaisi”, it said.

On Wednesday, Owaisi had announced Amit Kumar Sanjay Ajnalkar to be the party candidate from Solapur (South) constituency in the ensuing Maharashtra polls. The AIMIM had on September 10 announced its first list of candidates. The party’s Maharashtra unit chief Imtiaz Jaleel had last week said that the Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana posed an opportunity for the public to “change the atmosphere in the country”. 

The Election Commission has scheduled the single-phase voting for Maharashtra Assembly elections on October 21 and counting of votes will be held on October 24.

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