During a speech, Akbaruddin Owaisi reportedly exceeded the allotted time as per the Model Code of Conduct, prompting the police inspector to intervene and request him to conclude his address. In response, Akbaruddin Owaisi issued a direct threat to the police official, raising concerns about the political climate in the State in the lead-up to the elections.
The incident underscores the tensions surrounding the enforcement of election guidelines and the challenges faced by law enforcement officials in maintaining order during the electoral process. Further developments are awaited as authorities assess the situation and respond to the alleged threat made by Akbaruddin Owaisi.
The AIMIM leader, who was addressing a campaign in Hyderabad’s Lalitabagh, asked the policeman to “leave” the venue, implying that if he made a “signal” to his supporter, the inspector would be forced to “run” from the place.
“Do you think that after facing knives and bullets, I got weak? Still, there’s lots of courage in me. Five minutes are left, and I’ll address five minutes; no one can stop me. If I give a signal then you’ll have to run, shall we make him run? This is what I’m saying they come like this to weaken us,” Akbaruddin Owaisi said.
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Notably, Akbaruddin Owaisi is an assembly poll candidate from the Chandrayangutta constituency.
The seat has been a stronghold of the AIMIM, with the party winning from this segment in the last two Assembly elections — in 2014 and 2018.
Telangana will go to polls in a single phase on November 30.
The counting of votes for Telangana, along with those of four other poll-bound States, has been scheduled for December 3.
The State is set to witness a triangular contest between the BJP, the ruling BRS and the Congress.
In the previous Assembly election in 2018, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), previously known as Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), won 88 of the 119 seats, hogging 47.4 per cent of the total vote share.
The Congress came in a distant second with just 19 seats.
(with inputs from ANI)