Asaduddin Owaisi Becoming 'Second Zakir Naik', Says Union Minister Babul Supriyo
File image of Union MoS Babul Supriyo | (Photo Credits: PTI)

Kolkata, November 16: Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from Asansol, Babul Supriyo, lashed out at All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi. In an apparent reference to the latter's remarks over the Supreme Court judgment in Ayodhya case, Supriyo said the Hyderabad MP is "speaking more than required". Complaints Filed Against Asaduddin Owaisi For His Remarks Over Supreme Court's Judgment.

Supriyo suggested that Owaisi could be subjected to strict law and order action if he speaks in a manner which vitiates the state of communal harmony. He also went on to compare him with Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher who went absconding after the Centre began probing money-laundering charges against him.

"Asaduddin Owaisi is becoming second Zakir Naik. If he speaks more than required, then we do have law and order in our country," said Supriyo, the Lok Sabha MP from Asansol constituency in West Bengal.

Update by ANI:

Owaisi faces a complaint lodged against him last week by a Bhopal-based advocate Pawan Kumar. The parliamentarian has been accused of attempting to incite communal passions by appealing the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board to reject the five-acre compensatory land being offered in Ayodhya as the site which housed the Babri Masjid has been allotted to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.

"Muslims are poor, but we can collect money to buy a 5-acre plot and build a mosque. We do not want your charity," Owaisi had said on November 9, on the day when the apex court ruled in the 134-year-old Ayodhya legal dispute.