BJP MP Babu Lal defends hate speech against Muslims at VHP meet

On Sunday, speaking at a prayer meeting organised for a slain VHP worker, Katheria urged the gathering to launch a struggle before they lose another member.

New Delhi | Updated: March 1, 2016 5:53 pm
MoS, HRD, Katheria at the Agra meet. (Express Photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj) MoS, HRD, Katheria at the Agra meet. (Express Photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Fatehpur Sikri MP Babu Lal on Tuesday reiterated his comments he made against the Muslim community at a condolence meeting for VHP worker Arun Mahaur, who was killed last week allegedly by some Muslim youths.

“People of other communities can do anything & we will stay quiet?,” said Babu Lal, who shared the dias with Union Minister of State,HRD, Ram Shankar Katheria.

Babu Lal asked whether it was wrong for the society to unite at a time when people are killing Hindus with bullets.

“If we can’t take revenge against these people then should we worship them?,” said Babu Lal.

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On Sunday, speaking at a prayer meeting organised for a slain VHP worker, MP Babulal urged an open fight with Muslims, and said: “Don’t try to test us… We will not tolerate insults to the community. We do not want unrest at any cost, but if you want to test Hindus, then let’s decide a date and take on Muslims.”

MoS Katheria, who also spoke at the meeting, urged the gathering to launch a struggle before they lose another member.

“We have to make ourselves powerful. We have to launch a struggle. If we don’t begin a struggle, then today we have lost an Arun, tomorrow we will lose another. Doosra jane se pehle, yeh hatyare hi chale jayen is prakar ki taqat humen dikhani hogi (Before another is lost, we must show such strength that these killers themselves disappear),” said Katheria.

Demanding that Mahaur’s killers be hanged, Katheria added that his ministership wouldn’t deter him. “The administration might think that main to mantri ho gaya, haath bandh gaye (that because I’m a minister, my hands are tied).”

At the meeting, speaker after speaker urged Hindus to “corner Muslims and destroy the demons (rakshas)”, while declaring that “all preparations” had been made to effect “badla (revenge)” before the 13th-day death rituals for Mahaur.

Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia Tuesday moved an adjournment motion in Parliament over Katheria’s remarks.

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