NEW DELHI: Vinay Katiyar , member of Parliament belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), issued a controversial statement saying “Muslims should not even be living in this country, they should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh”.
The population of Muslims in India is roughly estimated at around 179 million.
Katiyar, who founded the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) youth wing, Bajrang Dal, further said a bill should be introduced in Parliament that frames a punishment for those “who do not respect Vande Mataram, (and) those who insult the national flag, or hoist the Pakistani flag.” [image: Vinay Katiyar]
Katiyar’s comment was reportedly in response to politician Asaduddin Owaisi belonging to All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen who demanded the framing of a law to punish anyone who calls an Indian Muslim a “Pakistani”.
Katiyar further claimed that “Muslims partitioned the country” on religious lines.
“Muslims shouldn’t even be living in this country, they’re the ones who partitioned this country based on their population, so why do they need to live here? They were given separate territory, they should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh, what business do they have here,” said Katiyar.
Yesterday, the AIMIM’s Owaisi, who was speaking in the Lok Sabha , advocated a three-year jail term for anyone found guilty of calling an Indian Muslim a ‘Pakistani’.
“Even after 70 years I am called a Pakistani. Why? We rejected Jinnah’s invitation. Now I can’t even hoist the tricolour at free will. Why can’t there be a law just like those that apply to SC/STs?” asked Owaisi.
Owasi’s comments came days after Bareilly’s district magistrate questioned the “trend” of “entering Muslim localities by force, raising anti-Pakistan slogans and then creating a ruckus”.
Bareilly district magistrate Vikram Singh was recently under severe criticism over a Facebook post in which he said: “A very strange trend has started of late. Take out processions by force through Muslim dominated localities and raise anti-Pakistan slogans. Why? Are these people Pakistani? The same thing had happened in Khailam village of Bareilly. Then stones were pelted, FIRs lodged,”.
Later he deleted the post after outburst of anger from ruling quarters.