Speaking in the debate on the Budget on Tuesday, Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) member of Lok Sabha, expressed deep disappointment that there was no adequate allocation for the minorities.
He said that 33.9 per cent of Muslims were poor in urban areas. In prosperous Gujarat, 42.5 per cent of Muslims in urban areas, and 56.5 per cent in rural area were poor. In Uttar Pradesh, the poor Muslims in urban areas account for 49.5 per cent and the number in rural UP is 44.4 per cent.
There are 251 towns where Muslims are in substantial in number but no allocation has been made to improve these towns, he argued. "You cannot fool the Muslims any more. They want security and development,"he said.
Owaisi also cited the statistic that the highest number of people living in rented house is that of Muslims. He also pointed out that allocating 13.5 crore for wakf properties when it should have been Rs 300 crore.
"Ham ko khairaat nahin chahiye,"said Owaisi admitting that his party was an ally in the UPA but is compelled to speak up for the minorities and for Muslims.
He has also emphatically asked the government to remove the Haj subsidy and channel that money for the education of Muslim girls.
He pointed out that there no allocation was made for the Equal Opportunities Commission.
Owaisi requested that constituency people from Hyderabad who were jewellers wanted the duty imposed in the budget to be removed.