The BJP’s election committee chairman V K Malhotra courted another controversy just ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha polls by announcing that if the party is voted to power, it will ensure that court orders against Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari will be implemented.
This comes a day after Bukhari announced his support for the Congress and appealed to Muslims to vote for the party.
The Shahi Imam had reportedly met Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier this week.
“There are many cases against the Shahi Imam and the court has given rulings on them. Yet, the orders have not been implemented due to political pressures. The Modi government will ensure that the court orders against the Shahi Imam are implemented,” Malhotra said, adding that the court rulings needed to be implemented to keep them
Malhotra also endorsed BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah’s controversial statement asking Jat community leaders and members to vote for the BJP to “take revenge for the sake of their honour”.
“What is wrong in what Shah has said in Muzaffarnagar? We are not endorsing violence. He has just asked them to change the regime with the help of ballots and not bullets. I do not understand the controversy around it. Shah has asked them to protect their honour by choosing the right leader by using the power to cast a vote. I agree with what Shah said,” Malhotra said.
Malhotra’s statement comes just two days before the first phase of Lok Sabha polls are to begin. According to sources, party leaders had been advised to be cautious while making statements that could hurt a particular community or religion.
A week ago, Malhotra drew flak from his own party leaders for making religion-centric statements. He has alleged that areas like Jamia Nagar and Batla House in Delhi were “safe houses for terrorists” and that even police face opposition from residents when they try to enter these areas.