Syed Ali Ahmed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI—Reacting against the Union Minister for Minority Affairs and senior BJP leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, senior Congress leader Meem Afzal and a few Muslim leaders asked him about the RSS radicalism and the BJP that always talks of communal politics and division of society on the basis of religion, targeting the Muslim community.
Naqvi, two days ago, accused the Congress of allying with “radical” Jamaat-e-Islami and the Popular Front of India (PFI) in poll-bound Bihar and sought to know if RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and his party are also part of such an “understanding”.
He said, “The grand old party has formed a brand-new alliance with radical organisations Jamaat-e-Islami and PFI. For power, the Congress has formed this ‘radical syndicate’ to support radicalism in the country.” He asked RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav whether, along with Congress, his party (RJD) has also made an understanding with Jamaat-e-Islami and Muslim ‘radical elements’ in Bihar.
The BJP leader asked same questions to Shiv Sena, which has formed a government in Maharashtra with the Congress help.
Referring to Rahul Gandhi’s candidature from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in 2019, Naqvi said people were “shocked” to see that there were “more flags of Jamaat-e-Islami in his rallies” than of his own party.
Replying to BJP, Congress leader Meem Afzal said, “My question is before giving comment on radicalization of minorities, he should make comments on radicalization of the RSS and the BJP that have been spreading hate in the country. The BJP candidates contest elections in the name of hate and communalism”.
Alleging that the BJP is contesting assembly elections in Bihar on the agenda of hate, he said, “Having seen all this I believe that Naqvi should make comment on BJP and RSS, its mother organization first”, Meem Afzal said.
All India Muslim Majlis Mushawar (AIMMM) President Navaid Hamid said, “The world knows the political party that is spreading communal hatred in India and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi belongs to that party. The Jamaat-e-Islami has no such record of spreading hate or doing hate politics and in spite of all these hate campaigns against Muslim organizations, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will not succeed”.
The BJP is habitual for levelling allegations against the minorities and minority organizations without any evidence. The Congress takes every step after giving second thoughts. As far as Jamaat-e-Islami is concerned it is considered a mainstream Muslim organization but Popular Front of India (PFI) is not a mainstream organization.