Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha chief and Lok Sabha MP Tejasvi Surya has called All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi as the new "avatar" of Pakistan's Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
"People of Telangana should vote for development, they should vote against dynasty politics. We have finished family politics in the country. In Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been sent to a permanent quarantine by the people," Surya told reporters on Monday.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the 100 smart cities programme. What has happened to the funds allocated to Telangana? ... Owaisi is Muhammad Ali Jinnah's new avatar. The TRS and the MIM are two faces of the same coin. KCR wants to turn Hyderabad into Istanbul. Turkey is a 100 per cent Muslim country. Turkey's president talks against our country. The MIM wants Hyderabad of India to look like Hyderabad of Pakistan. We will make Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar but not Istanbul," he said.
Speaking further, Surya accused Owaisi of speaking the language of "rabid Islamism, separatism, and extremism" saying that this was also used by Jinnah.
He said that every single vote to Owaisi is a vote against India.
"Laughable that Akbaruddin and Asaduddin Owaisi are speaking of development. They haven't allowed development in old Hyderabad, the only thing they allowed is Rohingya Muslims. Every single vote to Owaisi is a vote against India and everything that India stands for," he said.
Elections for the GHMC will be held on December 1 and results will be declared after counting of votes on December 4.