You don't know what love jihad is? Digvijaya writes to Rajnath
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, asking him how he is unaware about the meaning of love jihad, according reports.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, asking him how he can be unaware about the meaning of love jihad, according to news reports.
Diigvijaya Singh was prompted to write this letter after Rajnath Singh seemed to draw a blank when a media persons questioned him about love jihad last Friday.
"What is love jihad"? Rajnath Singh said when questioned by reporters on the issue in New Delhi on the first 100 days of his ministry. "What is this. I don't know. I have no idea," he said.
"Love jihad" is a term used by Hindu hardliners for what they allege is a campaign by Muslim youth aimed at marrying and then converting Hindu women.
Rajnath's response was a little surprising since many BJP leaders, especially from Uttar Pradesh, have raised the issue.
In his letter, Digvijaya Singh therefore asks, "How can you not know what Love Jihad is?"
"You said you don't know what love jihad is. I can't believe that you are unaware of a term used in your home state (Uttar Pradesh), by leaders of the BJP, VHP and the RSS," he wrote in the letter, reports NDTV. "You probably don't even know that the Election Commission has passed strictures against your party's Yogi Adityanath."
Adityanath, a known Hindutva advocate, who is one of the star campaigners for the BJP made headlines for his inflammatory remarks urging his supporters to "convert 100 Muslim women."
Digvijaya further questions, "Maybe these days you are not reading the Panchajanya and Organiser (RSS mouthpieces); the cover stories are on love jihad."
With inputs from IANS
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