NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vinay Katiyar on Wednesday, launching a scathing attack, said "Muslims should not even be living in this country, they should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh", reported ANI. “Muslims should not live in this country. They divided the country in the name of religion, what is the need of living in this country? They should go to Bangladesh or Pakistan, what work do they have here?" he asked.
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."
Katiyar's comment was a response to AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi demanded the framing of a law to punish anyone who calls an Indian Muslim a "Pakistani".
Without referring to Owaisi, Katiyar further said that "Muslims partitioned the country" on religious lines.
Katiyar's statement comes in wake of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi demand that the Central Government brings out a law that would make calling Indian Muslim "Pakistani" a punishable offence.
Commenting further, Katiyar said that there should be a bill that punishes those who do not respect Vande Matram and insult the national flag.
"Even after 70 years I am called a Pakistani. Why? We rejected (Pakistan founder Mohammad ALi) 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, according to Times Now.
Owasi's comments came days after Bareilly's district magistrate (DM) questioned the "trend" of "entering Muslim localities by force+ , raising anti-Pakistan slogans and then creating a ruckus". The DM, Raghvendra Vikram Singh, was speaking in the context of the religious violence in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj that began January 26.
" 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," wrote Singh in a Facebook post that he later deleted after facing severe criticism.
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