Digvijaya Singh finds himself in yet another controversy with a 2012 video emerging, which has the Congress leader praising controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
Zakir Naik has claimed that his ‘hate speech’ inspired one of the five Bangladeshi militants, who hacked to death 22 people at a cafe in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave last week.
The video shows Digvijaya Singh saying that people like Zakir Naik can bridge the gap between Hindus and Muslims. “Zakir should travel all over India…I am very happy that he is spreading the message of peace,” he said. “We need your message to reach the country,” Singh told Zakir Naik back then.
Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in the UK and Canada for his ‘hate speech’ aimed at other religions.
One of the Bangladeshi attackers, suspected to be Rohan Imtiaz – the son of a politician of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League – ran a propaganda on Facebook last year quoting 50-year-old Zakir Naik, a Mumbai-based doctor and an Islamic televangelist, Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported.
Naik, in his lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”.
He is hugely popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.
(With inputs from Agencies)