Ruckus over Sadhvi’s anti-Muslim remarks in House
Srinagar, June 8: Legislative Council of State Legislature today witnessed ruckus over the anti-Muslim remarks of radical Hindu outfit, VHP, leader Sadhvi Prachi, forcing State Government to make statement and term the remarks as wrong.
The uproar broke out minutes after the House proceedings began today morning. The members of NC and Congress while displaying newspaper copies in the House said that VHP leader has made an anti-Muslim remark and demanded condemnation from the Council.
In the meantime, the members from ruling BJP stood from their benches and countered the NC and Congress. The BJP leaders told the Opposition members not to vitiate the atmosphere of the State on the basis of statement of VHP leader published in the newspapers.
There were heated arguments between the members of BJP and opposition NC and Congress even as Chairman of the House, Haji Anayat Ali, urged Opposition members to sit down and raise the issue during Zero Hour. However, they didn’t pay any heed to the Chairman and spar continued, forcing Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar to make the statement in the House.
Akhtar, who is also the spokesperson of PDP-BJP coalition government in the State, said whosoever has made anti-Muslim remarks is wrong. “Whosoever said it, it is wrong. Muslims are a part of the country and it is incomplete without them. The Muslims have to live in the country as equal stakeholders,” he said.
He told the members not to raise such issues in the House which will divide it as the State is already facing multiple problems. “Our state has many problems and we want to grapple them. We should not be provoked into a divisive tit for tat match,” he said. The Minister’s statement calm down the situation in the House. Pertinently, the VHP leader Sadhvi had said that “time to make India free of Muslims”.