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  1. BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj jumps into ‘Kabristan’ row, says ‘there are 20 cr Muslims, where will they find the space; no need to bury the dead’

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj jumps into ‘Kabristan’ row, says ‘there are 20 cr Muslims, where will they find the space; no need to bury the dead’

The PM Narendra Modi driven Kabristan row is refusing to die as various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders keep breathing new life into it as the Uttar Pradesh elections enter the last 2 phases.

By: | Published: February 28, 2017 12:04 PM
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj (PTI)

The PM Narendra Modi driven Kabristan row is refusing to die as various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders keep breathing new life into it as the Uttar Pradesh elections enter the last 2 phases. At an election rally on Chhatrapati Shivaji’s birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a speech in Fatehpur when he said, “Agar kabristan me bijli hai to shamshaan me bhi honi chahiye. Agar Ramzan mein bijli aati hai, to Diwali me bhi aani chahiye, bhedbhav nahi hona chahiye (If there is electricity in the graveyard and during Ramzan, it must also be available in a crematorium and during Diwali. There should be no discrimination)”. While PM Modi had added the ‘no discrimination’ part at the end, the same kind of diplomacy is not being adhered to by the rest of the BJP leaders. The latest to jump onto the Hindu-Muslim controversy is firebrand BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj, MP from Unnao, who highlighted the issue of paucity of land and the fact that the Hindus do not need space for graves while Muslim demands are rising.

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He said that if Hindus start demanding space in similar fashion, then there are, “2-2.5 cr sadhu hain, sabki samadhi lage to kitni zameen jayegi (there are 2-2.5 cr sadhus in the country, just imagine how much land would be required if they asked for a mausoleum of their own.” Not wishing to end the matter there and to highlight the rising population of Muslims, Maharaj goes on to say, “20 crore Muslims hain, sabko kabr chahiye Hindustan mein jagah kahan milegi (there are 20 cr Muslims, all want a grave; where will space be found in India).

Maharaj added to the controversy by saying that there should be no need to bury the dead. He said, “Chaahe naam kabristan ho, chaahe shamshan ho, daah hona chahiye, kisi ko gaadne ki aveshyakta nahin hai.”

In his reaction to PM Modi’s speech on Monday, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “It is a straightforward appeal, an effort for communal polarisation. The talk about kabristan (graveyard) and cremation, Holi and Eid, Diwali and Ramzan…the counter- posing (of these words) itself is an appeal to communal sentiments.” He added, “You now have these fork-tongued speeches… there is this one angle of economy and debt waiver and, on the other, straightforward appeal for communal polarisation. The BJP has perfected the tactic.”

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  1. Hasan Latifi
    Feb 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    Modi is a FASCIST and a FANATIC PIG along-with his band of Dogs and Boot lickers
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      Khurshid
      Feb 28, 2017 at 4:11 pm
      Hi Shaksi can u give me a chances to meet u,if u can I ll meet u surely to discuss about to observe to Kabarstan .Why the Hindu to observe in Muslim community so n please give me only one details about a person to born by cow,why u all to look n search that wht they done always,oi mother er,son of es Hindu BJP mother er ,u all will not be success to long term ok please minded it
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        raka
        Feb 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm
        Financial express does a great job of moderating
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          raka
          Feb 28, 2017 at 1:27 pm
          stop sharia law, sharia is a brainwash and Indian muslims dont want it!
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            VIBHA SHAH
            Feb 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm
            AFTER 16 CR POTION , ARE THEY CONSIDERED AS MINORITY?
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