Taking note of controversial statements made by senior party leaders, BJP chief Amit Shah has issued summons and warns them against making such statements.
Shah summoned Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, MLA Sangeet Som and MP Sakshi Maharaj.
Shah’s warning comes after PM Narendra Modi expressed displeasure over controversial statements made by these leaders, said the agency quoting party sources.
Breaking his silence over communal overtones, on October 7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked Hindus and Muslims to work together against poverty and ignore “irresponsible” statements made by politicians, even if he himself makes any.
“I have said it earlier also. We have to decide whether Hindus should fight Muslims or poverty. Muslims should decide whether to fight Hindus or poverty… The country will benefit only when Hindus and Muslims together fight poverty and defeat it… The country has to stay united,” said Modi.
Controversial BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj had pitched for a law that provides for death penalty for cow slaughter and defended his party MLAs beating up Sheikh Abdul Rashid in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly as a “natural reaction” to the independent legislator’s action.
On the other hand, Khattar said that Muslims can live in India if they give up eating beef. He has also said that both sides committed mistakes in Dadri. Speaking to The Indian Express, Khattar who has been associated with RSS for close to four decades said that ‘the cow is an article of faith’ in India. Along with cow, he also added Gita and Saraswati as matter of faith for Indians.”
Reacting to the lynching of a 50-year-old man in Dadri by a mob, allegedly over consumption of beef, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma had described the incident as an “accident”.
Whereas, stirring the political cauldron, controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som visited Dadri and attacked Samajwadi Party government, alleging it was appeasing the minority community and innocent people were being framed for lynching of a man over beef eating rumour.