AIMIM chief Akbaruddin Owaisi's visit to the Aurangzeb grave had sparked controversy after the BJP, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and MP-MLA Rana couple demanded the Maha Vikas Aghadi government take action against him. However, Congress exposed several BJP leaders for making the same visit.
Congress General Secretary Sachin Sawant has dug out old photos and videos of several BJP leaders visiting the burial site of the late Mughal Emperor at Khuldabad, Maharashtra.
Sawant said Dr. Darakshan Andrabi, BJP National Executive member/Spokesperson and Jammu & Kashmir Waqf Board President, went to Aurangzeb's tomb during the pandemic. Khalid Qureshi, the Vice-President of BJP's Minority Affairs, was also exposed to having visited the grave in 2019.
Along with releasing the photos, the Congress official questioned why can't the Centre control or restrict or ban entry to the site when it is under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India. He was hinting at the visits made when Devendra Fadnavis was the Chief Minister.
Sawant had earlier said BJP leaders should explain under which section of the IPC can a person be booked for visiting a grave.
Owaisi had visited the grave on May 12 and BJP leader Fadnavis said the MLA is trying to glorify the Mughal ruler. "Owaisi has attempted to glorify Aurangzeb. He has insulted the nationalist Muslims in this country. Aurangzeb can never be an idol for Muslims in this country. He had tortured Sambhajiraje before killing him".
Shiv Sena MP and party spokesperson Sanjay Raut also criticised the visit and said offering namaz at the tomb is like challenging Maharashtra. He was referring to Aurangzeb's fight against Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He added that the Marathas "buried Aurangzeb in this soil. His (Aurangzeb) followers, who want to do politics, will meet the same fate in Maharashtra".
AIMIM Lok Sabha MP Imtiaz Jaleel said there is no need to draw a different meaning out of Owaisi's visit to Aurangzeb's tomb.