Muslims should not live in India, they must go to Bangladesh or Pakistan, says BJP MP Vinay Katiyar

BJP MP Vinay Katiyar on Wednesday said that Muslims should not live in India and they should either go to Pakistan or Bangladesh, media reports said. The MP also said there should be a bill that punishes those who do not respect Vande Mataram, those who insult the national flag and those who hoist the Pakistani flag.

The remark comes a day after AAIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi demanded that the government bring a law to punish with three-year jail term any person who calls an Indian Muslim "Pakistani".

According to The Indian Express, two days ago, Katiyar had said that the Taj Mahal in Agra will soon become "Tej Mandir". When asked about the 'Taj Mahostav' being held in Agra, the MP told ANI, "Call it Taj Mahotsav or Tej Mahotsav, both are the same things. There is not much difference between Taj and Tej."

File image of BJP MP Vinay Katiyar. Image courtesy:

File image of BJP MP Vinay Katiyar. Image courtesy:

On 3 February, Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi had suggested that Muslims who are against the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya "must go to Pakistan and Bangladesh".

On 14 January, a BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh's Ballia said 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 had told reporters.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018 15:37 PM

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