Congress chief Aziz Qureshi opposed his celebration’s tolerance with Hindutva ways, stating that Muslims would solely tolerate to an extent on Sunday.
“Muslims should not sporting bangles”
The 82 year-old veteran was addressing a contingent of Congress’ Muslim leaders gathered in Lateri, Vidisha district, Madhya Pradesh, to have fun the start anniversary of late PM Rajiv Gandhi. On the stage, he vented out his displeasure over the ways employed by his celebration within the run as much as the Meeting polls in MP, drawing a line within the sand by asserting that “Muslims should not slaves or bonded labourers”. Ruing the dearth of alternatives for Muslims within the police, defence forces and banks, together with lack of assured financial institution loans, he questioned Congress’ means to safe Muslim votes.
Bolder statements would comply with as he touched upon the current string of communal violence that has gripped the nation, commenting on how Muslim “outlets, locations of worship and homes are being burnt”, with ladies and youngsters being focused. Claiming that the group’s tolerance stage has a restrict, he made some extent that Muslims “aren’t cowards”. If that line had been to be crossed, the Congress chief noticed “no hurt in a single or two crore out of twenty-two crore Muslims” sacrificing their lives for the group.
Incensed on the sight of “(Jawaharlal) Nehru’s heirs” collaborating in non secular processions, putting in idols on the PCC (Pradesh Congress Committee) Workplace, together with chanting slogans akin to “Jai Ganga Maiyya”, “Jai Narmada Maiyya”, “Garv se kaho Hindu hain (say it proudly that we’re Hindus)”, Qureshi referred to as it “shameful”. A former UP governor, Lok Sabha MP, and a number one member of the celebration because the Indira Gandhi-days, he claimed to be not afraid of being expelled from the celebration over his defiant feedback.
Reactions from Congress, BJP’s accusations proved?
The state unit of the INC later tried to instill some diplomatic contact on the heated problem, with the media division head KK Mishra referring to Qureshi’s remarks as his “private opinion”, whereas clarifying that the celebration “believes in secularism”.
However, the BJP noticed this as an avenue so as to add to Congress’ miseries. MP BJP spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi aired his ideas on X (previously Twitter), viewing the rant as having the impact of “exposing the true face of the Congress”, a celebration which believes within the politics of minority appeasement. Accusing former CM Kamal Nath and Rahul Gandhi of solely turning to Hindus throughout ballot season, he challenged the 2 to reply to Qureshi’s feedback, lest they had been to indicate implicit approval of them.
Rise of “smooth Hindutva”, “no downside” says INC
Kamal Nath, who grabbed headlines only a few weeks in the past after claiming that the nation was mechanically a “Hindurashtra” because of Hindu inhabitants majority, has been observed by political observers in taking a meticulous and extended method to pushing a “smooth Hindutva” picture of himself and the Congress. Regardless of the polarised reception from his fellow celebration members, Nath has been responding to “the collective craving” for smooth Hindutva coming from the Congress tribe, who search to disrupt 15 years of uninterrupted BJP rule in Madhya Pradesh, in response to a report within the Wire in 2019.
A number of high-profile Congress leaders, together with AK Antony and Rajendra Singh, have pointed to the Congress’ “anti-Hindu” and “pro-Muslim” picture, given to them by the BJP, as a serious detriment. Singh, in a 2018 Indian Categorical article, attributes the adoption of saffron politics as a “acutely aware choice to shed that tag thrust on us by our rivals.” Qureshi’s anxieties and Nath’s agenda are additional bolstered by the truth that there won’t be a lot to lose for the Congress if Muslim voters are left alienated, because the 2011 Census states that Muslims represent solely 6.6% of MP’s inhabitants.
It has been mere days since Rajya Sabha MP and former CM of MP, Digvijaya Singh claimed that the BJP desires to “engineer riots like Nuh” in Madhya Pradesh. Apparently, his brother, Lakshman Singh, a Congress MLA, made a daring assertion of his personal on third August. When requested whether or not Congress was transferring in the direction of smooth Hindutva by ANI, Singh claimed that not solely has the celebration adopted the ways in query, however has already derived nice utility from them within the earlier Meeting polls in 2018. Nevertheless, he supplied a footnote, saying that the celebration “respects different religions too”.