All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday questioned the credentials of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in taking the initiative for an opposition alliance to take on the National Democratic Alliance, saying he was a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party till recently and during the 2002 "Gujarat pogrom".
Naidu's Telugu Desam Party was part of the Narendra Modi government when the deaths of research scholar Rohith Vemula, Mohammed Akhlaq (lynching victim) and others happened, he said.
"@ncbn supported BJP when Gujrat Pogrom happened in 2002, was part of @PMOIndia cabinet while Akhlaq, pahlu khan, Rohit,JUNAID, Aleemuddin where murdered,during his tenure as CM erstwhile AP many communal riots happened, AZIZ & AZAM killed in encounter NOW Saviour of Secularism WAH," Owaisi tweeted.
Naidu, who quit the NDA in March this year over the Centre's refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh, has been in talks with leaders of non-BJP parties to put up a united fight against the saffron party.
On Thursday, he met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Delhi.
Pawar said Naidu would take the initiative and talk to other non-BJP parties, including the Congress, on formulating a common minimum programme to take on the Modi government.
Gandhi said opposition parties will work together to defeat the BJP to defend India, its institutions and the democracy. -- PTI