NEW DELHI: Vinay Katiyar, member of Parliament belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), issued a controversial statement saying “Muslims should not even be living in this country, they should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh”.
The population of Muslims in India is roughly estimated at around 179 million.
Katiyar, who founded the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) youth wing, Bajrang Dal, further said a bill should be introduced in Parliament that frames a punishment for those “who do not respect Vande Mataram, (and) those who insult the national flag, or hoist the Pakistani flag.”
Katiyar’s comment was reportedly in response to politician Asaduddin Owaisi belonging to All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen who demanded the framing of a law to punish anyone who calls an Indian Muslim a “Pakistani”.
Katiyar further claimed that “Muslims partitioned the country” on religious lines.
“Muslims shouldn’t even be living in this country, they’re the ones who partitioned this country based on their population, so why do they need to live here? They were given separate territory, they should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh, what business do they have here,” said Katiyar. DNA