BJP MP Parvesh Verma has stoked a controversy by claiming that Muslims had never cast their vote for the BJP as they perceive it as a ‘patriotic’ party. Verma, son of former Delhi Chief Minister late Sahib Singh Verma, also said that ‘all terrorists are Muslims’, according to an ANI report. Now a political slugfest has erupted over the statement. Latched on to the remark, Congress on Monday lashed out at BJP asserting that this episode should be considered a part of agenda as it believes in inciting communal violence. Congress leader Sandeep Dixit condemned Verma’s assertion that all terrorists are Muslims.“Verma’s statement is highly condemnable and I would say a legal action should be taken in this regard,” he told ANI. Dixit also termed Verma’s, who is a Member of Parliament from West Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency, statement as dangerous and disgusting.
“Our government did not bring schemes for any particular community. Even the Muslims can get benefits from all those schemes. But still I believe the Muslim community keeps a distance when it comes to voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Muslim community votes for all political parties except the BJP,” Verma said.
“Are the Muslim children in madrasas provoked against the BJP? When I was asked why only the BJP is called a nationalist party, I said why terrorists in the nation are only Muslims and why Muslims do not vote for the BJP…because it does not want to come in the mainstream and does not want to get associated with development. Mayawati has said that if the Muslims vote for her then she can make the government,” he said. Responding to a poser as to why the Muslim community doesn’t vote for the BJP, Verma said, “I think the most relevant issue is the relation between India and Pakistan. Why are terrorists only Muslims? From where do they get all the funding and from where they get all the weapons?” The BJP MP said the Muslims should think of getting associated with the nation, adding that this would benefit them. “They should not send their children to any terrorist organisation or oppose the BJP,” he added.
“The BJP is known for inciting communal violence and this episode should also be considered as part of it,” he added. The Congress leader further said every community is at liberty to choose its leader, adding it was extremely disgusting on the BJP’s part to give it a communal colour.