In a remark that has triggered a fresh row, firebrand BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today called for efforts to unite Hindus and creating divisions in the Muslim community.
Speaking at an event in Delhi today, Swamy reiterated that the ancestors of Indian Muslims were Hindus. The BJP leader also took the opportunity to commend Shia Waqf Board for filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that a temple of Lord Ram should be constructed at the disputed land in Ayodhya.
“Our strategy should be to unite Hindus and create division among Muslims… see Shias have proposed that even if the SC rules in their favour in Ram Janambhoomi case, they will hand over the land to Hindus for temple and that they will construct (Masjid) at other place,” Swamy said.
“They should keep this in mind that according to DNA analysis, the DNA of Muslims and Hindus are same. They all are converted Muslims,” the Rajya Sabha MP added.
Last month, the Shia Waqf Board had told the Supreme Court that a mosque should be constructed in a nearby Muslim-majority area which should be a little away from the dispute land. The board in its affidavit added that if both temple and mosque are constructed at the disputed land then it would lead to regular confrontation that should be avoided.
Swamy’s remark didn’t go down well with Muslim scholars who slammed him for creating tension in the society.
“It is a criminal offence. Police should take cognizance of the matter and act against him,” Zafarul Islam Khan, Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, said.
“He is a disturbed person. No one is giving him any value… He has got no posts… inside the party or government. He has got no responsibility. He speaks such things to get attention in media ,” Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi, said.