Two blood donation camps by rival parties on Monday proved to be a curious event. While the aim was one — providing lifeblood to the needy, the reasons were different.
It was a political one-upmanship but with a difference. This time it was for a good cause — donating blood.
On Monday, the City saw two political rivals organising blood donation camps. The Majlis Itehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and its arch rival Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) had separate camps.
The reasons for the charity work was, however, different. While the MIM organised the blood camp to commemorate the first anniversary of fatal attack on AIMIM Floor Leader in AP Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi allegedly by Mohammed Pehlwan’s followers on April 30 last year, the MBT organised the camp to commemorate the death of Ibrahim Yafai who was killed during the exchange of firing by a gunman of Majlis MLA.
Understandably, the MIM camp, by virtue of being the ruling party at the GHMC, saw a bigger gathering where Mayor Mohd Majid Hussain was a donor. Also present were, MLAs Ahmed Pasha Quadri, Ahmed Bin Abudllah Balal, and Virasat Rasool Khan. But this did not dissuade the MBT, who too attracted quite a crowd of donors.
Speaking to Postnoon, Charminar MLA Ahmed Pasha Quadri said that over 700 people donated blood on the occasion. “The blood donation camp was organised to commemorate the brutal attack on Akbar Owaisi, who championed the cause of poor people. The donated blood would be handed over to Owaisi Hospital and Esra hospital and would be used for the service of the poor needy,” Quadri said.
On the other hand, MBT Leader and corporator Amjadullah Khan claimed that the blood donation camp organised by them attracted large number of people. “Our blood donation camp attracted a lot of attention. We invited representatives of Thalassemia and Sickle Cell society of Hyderabad to organise this camp. A total of 240 people donated blood during the camp,” Khan told Postnoon.
While each camp claimed superiority, there was no rancor or pronounced ill-will and the events proved to have a fair share of success.
Incidentally, Mohammed Pehlwan, a supporter of MBT, is going to surrender in court today following cancellation of his bail by AP High Court few days ago.
“If only these people did this type of work rather than shedding blood, the City would have been a better place to live in,” remarked one of the donors at the MBT camp.