Srinagar: Several political parties Sunday came down heavily on BJP leader Subramanium Swamy for his remarks that mosques “are not religious places and can be destroyed any time.”
Reacting to the statement of Swamy, National Conference questioned PDP’s alliance with the BJP.
“Swamy’s outrageous remarks had brought to fore PDP’s sell-out to the right-wing party for the sole aim of making Mufti (Mohammad) Sayeed the Chief Minister. He (Mufti) should apologize to the people of J&K for the remarks of his ally (Swamy),” NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said in a statement here.
“Will Mufti allow this to happen in here as well as part of a deal for him to remain glued to the CM’s chair? Such statements remind the people the collective humiliation they have been subjected to because of Mufti’s thirst for power,” the spokesman said.
He said that Mufti “should now clarify if such posturing from the BJP was also praiseworthy for him.”
“Mufti in his press conference after taking oath had mentioned that J&K provides diversity to the nation and was India’s only Muslim majority state. “What does Mufti as the CM of India’s only Muslim majority state have to say when his alliance partner says that mosques are not places of worship and can be demolished at will and whim,” the NC spokesman said.
Lashing out at the BJP and Swamy, the NC spokesman said these anti-Muslim tirades were unacceptable. “Sternest possible legal action should be taken against Swamy and BJP for hurting the sentiments of Muslims.”
He said that NC will oppose such communal and bigoted politics. “Mosques are dear to every Muslims and Muslims will never allow anyone to belittle the significance and sanctity of mosques.”
Meanwhilee, MLA Langate, Engineer Rashid, said Swamy’s remarks were nothing but “fascist filth reflecting reflect the communal mindset of BJP.”
“From hateful statements of Yogi Adityanath to Subramaniam Swamy and from communal programmes like Gharwapsi and Love Jihad it looks all clear that fascist brigade lead by Hindutva mindset is launching an onslaught on minorities,” Rashid said in a statement.
“It is high time that those who call themselves voices of conscience stand up against this communal tirade of BJP and resist it with all their vigor,” he said.
Rashid said that time and circumstances had provided BJP an opportunity to meaningfully address the burning issues “but on contrary it has adopted a divisive path which is full of hate and war mongering against minorities.”
Reacting to Swamy’s statement, state BJP leader, Khursheed Malik, who un-successfully contested the assembly elections on party ticket from Kokernag assembly segment, said that “Swami was a sick mind.”
“He should be treated. This country equally belongs to Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs. But the sick minds like Swami want to divide the country on communal lines,” Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a party workers convention at Kokernag.