Days after veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah’s comment on intolerance in India erupted into a full-blown controversy, BJP legislator from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar has said that those who feel unsafe in India should be bombed.
People who do not feel safe but threatened in India should be bombed, according to BJP MLA Vikram Saini. In a 74-second video released by news agency ANI, the lawmaker from Muzaffarnagar is heard saying, “My personal view is that those who say they feel unsafe and threatened in India should be bombed. Give me a ministry and I will bomb all such people, not even one will be spared.”
The MLA also said, “Such people are traitors. Some arrangments must be made for them. They should be punished. They should leave the country. Why should you stay here if you do not have any patriotic feelings towards your country. If you feel unsafe, go where you feel safe. Who has stopped them?”
#WATCH Vikram Saini, BJP MLA from Muzaffarnagar says ‘My personal view is that those who say they feel unsafe and threatened in India should be bombed, give me a ministry and I will bomb all such people, not even one will be spared’ pic.twitter.com/E9yWNH7MBF
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 4, 2019
Last month, Naseeruddin Shah’s comment on intolerance in India received sharp criticism
The BJP MLA, without naming Shah, slammed people who complain about intolerance in India and said that he will bomb such people himself.
Last month, Shah was embroiled in a controversy after he expressed concern over safety of citizens in the country. He also said that he fears for his children in the “India of today” following a brutal incident of mob violence in Bulandshahr.
Shah’s comments received sharp criticism on social media platforms; prominent leaders and personalities also slammed the actor for his comments on mob violence in India.
Many including actor Anupam Kher and Baba Ramdev were critical of Shah’s comments. The Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Senam went on to the extent of booking flight tickets to Pakistan for the 68-year-old actor.
The controversy turned uglier after Pakistan Prime Minister cited Shah’s comments to take a jibe at the Indian government over intolerance against minorities in the country. “Will show Modi government how to treat minorities,” said Khan.
This is perhaps not for the first time that BJP MP Saini has made such a statement.
In 2017, he had threatened to break the limbs of those who disrespected cows. “I had promised that I will break the hands and legs of those who hesitate in saying ‘Vande Mataram’, those who feel pain in saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and also those who do not consider cow as their mother and kill them,” he said. Also Read: Why Did Donald Trump Make Fun Of Narendra Modi?
Saini had once also said that “irresponsible leaders” had allowed some Muslims to live in India. “During partition, due to them (Muslims), the Hindus are facing problem in the country. If they (Muslims) had not stopped in India, property of crores would be of the Hindus,” Saini had said.
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