“Under Congress, India Was Partially Muslim Nation”: BJP On Hindutva

A BJP spokesperson said Shivaji’s rule is also linked to Hinduism. (file)

New Delhi:

Continuing its attack on the Congress over the opposition party’s criticism of Hindutva, the BJP on Saturday claimed that India was a “Muslim nation” partly when it was in power because Sharia provisions were then part of the legal system and measures to give were done. They also preceded the decision of the Supreme Court.

BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi alleged that the violence in Maharashtra over “false” reports of targeting of mosques in Tripura and remarks by Congress leaders attacking Hindutva were part of a conspiracy.

Attacking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, he wondered whether opposition leaders were training his party workers in Maharashtra to denigrate Hindutva and run an organized campaign to end communal discord and violence.

During his speech via video conferencing to Congress workers at a training camp in the state, Mr Gandhi had sought to differentiate between Hinduism and Hindutva, and was later attacked.

The BJP has gone on the offensive after Congress leader Salman Khurshid likened Hindutva linked to the RSS-BJP ideology with terrorist Islamist organisations.

Noting that Shivaji’s rule was also linked to Hinduism, Mr. Trivedi said that leaders like Rahul Gandhi could not understand the concept and asked him to read his party’s stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Jawaharlal Nehru. said.

He further said, Nehru wrote that the word “Hindu” can be understood in the broader context of Indian identity and should not be viewed in a narrow sense.

“Under Congress rule, India was partly a Muslim nation. I am saying this because Sharia provisions were part of the constitutional system,” the BJP leader said, referring to the practice of instant divorce, now taboo, and providing Haj subsidy. Having said that, since closed.

“The Supreme Court’s decision was set aside to give priority to Sharia provisions,” Mr Trivedi said in an apparent reference to the Rajiv Gandhi government bringing in a law to set aside the Supreme Court order in the famous Shah Bano case .

He took a dig at Congress leaders for giving their “knowledge” on Hinduism and referred to the use of words like Hindu Taliban and Hindi terrorism to attack them.

These are the same people who do not want a glorious India to bloom in all its glory, and are trying to stop its rise, he claimed.

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