Remarks against Prophet Muhammad: Vijayan calls on Center to punish ‘hate propagandists’
Kerala Assembly Opposition Leader VD Satheesan also condemned the remarks, saying they brought shame to secular India.
“The Sangh Parivar forces have brought our country, which is revered by all as a secular democracy, into a state of shame before the world,” Vijayan said in a statement.
He called ”commonly venomous” the remarks of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled Delhi media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal against the Prophet and alleged that ”the communal politics of the Hindutva which marginalizes the Muslim community destroys” not only the social security of the country but also the economic stability.
He said that many Islamic countries, which employ millions of Indians and make a significant contribution to our economy and development, have spoken out in their opposition to the hate politics of BJP and Sangh Parivar.
“These are all countries that have very friendly relations with India,” the CM said.
Vijayan alleged that the insulting remarks of the BJP leaders were part of Sangh Parivar’s agenda and said that this reflected the thinking of former RSS leader, the late MS Golwalkar, who he said considered Muslims, Christians and Communists as internal enemies. He alleged that they totally ignored the Constitution which gives every citizen the right to believe in the religions of their choice.
Vijayan said the Constitution does not give anyone the right to insult or deny the faith and culture of another religion. “The central government should take action to stop the vicious attempts to endanger our country’s great secular heritage and punish the propagandists of hate. Moreover, there must be a united opposition of the people to the communal forces. It is inevitable for the future of the country,” Vijayan said.
In a tweet, the Satheesan Congress leader said: ‘The #BJP spokespersons have put this secular nation to shame. By insulting the Prophet and a religion, the BJP has made India look like a theocracy. What else can be expected from a party that is determined to destroy everything we have built and cherished?” protests from some Muslim countries.
Amid protests by Muslim groups and strong backlash from countries like Kuwait, Qatar and Iran, the BJP issued a statement saying it respects all religions and strongly opposes insults from any religious figure.
Sharma’s comments, made during a TV debate almost 10 days ago, and Jindal’s now-deleted tweets have sparked a Twitter trend calling for boycotts of Indian products in some countries.
After the action, Sharma unconditionally withdrew his controversial statement made during the televised debate and claimed that his comments were a reaction to the “continued insult and disrespect towards our Mahadev” (Lord Shiva).
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