A post is being shared on social media with a claim that in April 2020, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi had said that Coronavirus does not exist and it’s a BJP propaganda against Muslims.
“”Corona test is an anti-Muslim propaganda, BJP Govt must stop targeting Muslims in the name of Virus” Said Asaduddin Owaisi sometime during April.
Pic: Owaisi taking Corona Test.”
The caption attached to the picture implies that Owaisi didn’t believe in the existence of the virus and yet he is getting himself tested.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be misleading.
We ran a search and found several media reports on Owaisi’s statements on COVID-19 dated March-April 2020.
As per a report by TOI, dated March 19, 2020, Owaisi appealed to the public to avoid congregation, as a safety measure against coronavirus.
Another report, published by The New Indian Express in April, states that Owaisi donated PPE kits for surveillance staff. Moreover, Owaisi in a statement said that those who died due to Covid-19 are martyrs. He also urged people to follow Govt guidelines during burials.
However, Owaisi did accuse BJP of turning COVID-19 into a communal matter following the Tablighi Jamaat issue.
The above information proves that even though Owaisi targeted BJP and PM Modi over turning COVID-19 into a communal matter, however, he has nowhere, denied the existence of the virus.
Hence, the posts in question are misleading.
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