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BJP rubbishes 'Modi-Owaisi meeting' report, to file defamation suit

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has on Friday rejected a news report claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi and discussed about the upcoming Assembly
India TV News Desk September 19, 2015 11:11 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has on Friday rejected a news report claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi and discussed about the upcoming Assembly polls in Bihar.

The party said that Owaisi, who is fielding candidates in some of the assembly constituencies in the upcoming Bihar polls, has not met the Prime Minister and said a defamation case will be slapped against the media house which first claimed such a meeting had taken place.

Party spokesperson MJ Akbar, while terming the media report as an absolute fabrication and pernicious lie, said that it was an example of 'yellow journalism at its worst'.

He said that the BJP will file a defamation case against the newspaper seeking heavy damages. The story was part of a conspiracy to further a political agenda, he alleged.

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Owaisi's party has decided to field candidates in the Seemanchal region of Bihar where Muslims are in large numbers.

Some leaders of the grand alliance of JD(U)-RJD-Congress have alleged that Owaisi was doing it to help BJP by seeking to divide Muslim votes in next month's polls to the 243-member Bihar Assembly.

Taking a swipe at the Congress, Akbar said the survey by American think tank PEW showed that Modi was more popular than Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. He said PM Modi's popularity was the biggest strength for the BJP. The survey, which had 2,452 respondents, was carried between April and May this year.

"It (survey) shows that even the supporters and voters of the Congress are running away from the dynasty. And they are connecting with the developmental agenda of PM Modi. You will find an evidence of this in Bihar elections," he said.

Bihar Assembly elections will be held in five phases between October 12 and November 5   the results will be announced on November 8.