Union minister Venkaiah Naidu today accused Asaduddin Owaisi of indulging into communal politics by appealing citizens to vote for MIM in forthcoming civic polls if they don't want ban on consumption of beef like in other states. “(Generally) what anybody (political leaders) say in elections? If we come to power, we will get piped water, roads (for people)…The party (MIM) is saying new things. Vote for us if you want beef. Beef for you (people) and development for us," Naidu said addressing a campaign meeting at Saidabad here in support of the BJP-TDP combine for the February 2 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections.
Referring to some parties wooing Seemandhra natives who are called “settlers", Naidu said all those living in Hyderabad have equal rights. Addressing a public meeting here yesterday, Owaisi had said that a ban on consumption and sale of beef may be imposed in the city if MIM was not voted to power in the polls. “I am not trying to scare you. But, the fact is if we don't come to power, there may be a scope for ban on beef (in Hyderabad) on pretext of faith," he had said. Owaisi also said that such a ban will hit the poor and also beef traders hard as it happened in Maharashtra.