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Ram Shankar Katheria claims he did not target any community

'I had not taken the name of any community. I had said that the culprits, who had murdered the VHP leader, should be given death sentence,' said Katheria.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 1, 2016 5:53 pm
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Under attack over his alleged inflammatory speech, Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheria on Tuesday claimed he did not target any community.

“What has been published in one of the newspapers is false. I had not taken the name of any community. I had said that the culprits, who had murdered the VHP leader, should be given death sentence. I had also said that the Hindu community should unite for their safety. I will send a notice to the newspaper,” the Minister of State for HRD said.

Katheria, along with BJP MP from Fatehpur Sikri Babu Lal, had on Sunday attended a condolence meeting held for VHP worker Arun Mahaur, who was allegedly killed by some youths from another community in Agra on Thursday.

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

At the meeting, Katheria had said: “This conspiracy that is being hatched against the Hindu community, we have to be be alert to recognize it and strengthen ourselves. We will have to fight it because if we do not do it now, today we have lost one Arun, tomorrow it could be another Arun…the killers should also go, we have to set such an example”.

Reacting to Katheria’s remarks, Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge alleged that BJP and RSS had plans to divide the country.

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“They speak whenever elections are nearing. They talk about dividing the country and not uniting. If they continue to speak like this, there will be repercussions across the country. Today we are raising this issue because Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are silent on this issue,” he said.

Asaduddin Owaisi, leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, said that he is not surprised by the remarks of the Union Minister.

“This has been the continuous, consistent and obnoxious behavior by the Modi government. I am sure that no action will be taken,” he said.

Owaisi added that this “was good because the real agenda of the government is being exposed”.

“Their real agenda is to promote Hinduvta. A Minister speaking such language clearly shows that he went to Agra not for condolence meeting but to create communal mayhem there,” Owaisi said.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said the Minister has clarified his remarks.

“Katheria has made it clear in his statement that he has said nothing wrong. And after this clarification, there is nothing to comment on.

“I have seen his statement in which he has cleared everything. The real issue is the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

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  1. Archana Das
    Mar 1, 2016 at 9:11 pm
    Mr brainless Katheira, please don't make my country Syria. I beg you, please sir. If you want to know what happens when a country becomes Syria, watch one or two BBC or CNN news clips. Millions of refugees knocking the door of Europe. I don't want to see my family in that situation. I beg you Mr Brainless. It is very easy to make Syria when a few like you around.
    1. A
      Mar 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm
      Nothing will happen if people shows maturity. Wait and see all hate spreaders will give up. There are serious economic issues which every person irrespective of relegion is suffering from. Govt need to address these first.
      1. A
        Mar 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm
        Bjp govt will not address that they are busy in applying divide and rule ideology for upcoming UP elections. Do you think this FM jaitley can resolve the economic issues.
        1. D
          Mar 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm
          You all are so sick at so many levels it's disgusting Does free speech not apply to him ? If not then why ? A young man was murdered ? No condolences from any one Entire world knows of man in UP who was killed for beef This young man died and the news has already shaped into anti Hindu So if a non Hindu dies then Hindus are at fault If a Hindu dies then still Hindus are at fault So disgusting This Cheap politics will trigger civil war one day
          1. D
            Mar 1, 2016 at 5:57 pm
            Why is no sedition charge taken against coward katheria who swallowed his own words
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