BJP MLA says only those Muslims will stay in India who embrace Hindu culture

Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an "avatar purush" (reincarnation of a deity), Bairia MLA Surendra Singh said India would become a Hindu nation by 2024.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2018 5:58 pm
Only those Muslims will stay in India who assimilate into Hindu culture: BJP MLA BJP flag at the BJP HQ in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh is seen infront of the Vidhan Sabha. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

A BJP legislator from Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh has landed himself in hot water after stating that once India becomes a “Hindu rashtra”, only those Muslims will stay in the country who assimilate into the Hindu culture.

“There are a very few Muslims who are patriotic. Once India becomes a Hindu rashtra (Hindu nation), Muslims who assimilate into our culture will stay in India. Those who will not are free to take asylum in any other country,” Bairia MLA Surendra Singh told reporters last night.

Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “avatar purush” (reincarnation of a deity), Singh said India would become a Hindu nation by 2024.

“As the RSS completes 100 years in 2025, by 2024, India will become a Hindu rashtra. By the grace of god, India is going to be a global superpower thanks to the leadership of Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Not only will India become a ‘vishwa guru’, it will also become a Hindu rashtra by 2024.”

The BJP MLA also took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and said the Gandhi scion could never become the torchbearer of the Indian thought. “There are two sets of values in Rahul Gandhi — one is Italian, while the other one is Indian…He can never become the torchbearer of the Indian thought.”

Singh also said the Congress president lacked the strength and values to make India strong. “His (Rahul Gandhi’s) is a mix of Indian and Italian culture,” Singh said, claiming that the Congress chief was not aware of what India and Indianness were all about.

With PTI inputs

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  1. Manohar Shinde
    Jan 15, 2018 at 10:08 pm
    We are pluralistic society consisting of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, isai, zorashtrian, Jain, Buddhism etc. and we are proud of our society and existence. So, in future, I request sensible talks from law makers.
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    1. Manoj
      Jan 15, 2018 at 6:52 am
      Mr. Ignorant, can you effectively define Hindu culture? Is it Bollywood culture, or is it the decadent culture of uncivilized, uneducated and indoctrinated bunch of saffronized charlatans and zealots. I am sure that you can't even effectively define "Hinduism'.
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      1. Pawan dube
        Jan 15, 2018 at 2:02 am
        Well bound to happen, when you are led by uneducated fools and feku governance bodies...Well this is what an emerging India will look like - Feku governance and lawlessness...
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        1. Indian Abroad
          Jan 15, 2018 at 1:21 am
          I do not think he said anything wrong. What religion you follow and whether you follow any religion is your choice. But you can't impose Arab culture on India. This is BJP and not the minority appeasing Congress.
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          1. Ramachandran Narayan
            Jan 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm
            But who is he to tell Muslims to go out of the Country. Why should they take asylum they are very much citizens of India. They also enjoy similar freedom and rights that you enjoy.. Why does not he tell RSS/BJP to propagate Rashtravad instead of Hinduvad.
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          2. Sudheer Thaakur
            Jan 15, 2018 at 1:02 am
            What he means by Hindu Rashtra does not mean theological state. That is Islamic or Christian construct. He means culturally where many faiths coexist. But such statements always cause confusion. So to begin with BJP ,RSS and their affiliates must train all their spokespersons to not to use word ‘dharma’ while referring to different faiths. In English term faith should be used to describe Islam or Christianity or Hinduism. And in Hindi describe it as ‘panth’. They must also be trained to emphasise at every opportunity ‘dharma’ is not same as Islam or Christian religion. Daharma is ‘religion’ neutral or blind.
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