CPI slams Sadhvi Prachi’s Muslim-free India remark

New Delhi: VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi sparked off another controversy on Tuesday saying it is time to make India free of Muslims. Known for courting controversies, the Sadhvi claimed the mission of a Congress-free India has already been “accomplished” and it is now time to rid the country of Muslims.

Condemning VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi’s “Muslim-free India” remark on Wednesday, CPI accused right wing outfits of creating “communally-charged atmosphere” eying Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council on Wednesday, witnessed a ruckus over the controversial statement of VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi that “it is time to make India free of Muslims”, even as the state government termed the remarks as wrong.

CPI also asked the Centre to take action against those making such “provocative” statements.

“They are creating such a situation. . .they think hatred can be spread against a particular community to polarise people on communal line,” said CPI national secretary, D Raja.

Raja said it is all happening because UP is going to polls in 2017. “They want communally charged up atmosphere ahead of the polls,” he said.

He urged people and “particularly those from UP” to see into the “sinister designs” of Sangh Parivar behind such statements and “not fall prey” to the same.

Legislative Council chairman Anayat Ali asked the members to calm down and raise the issue during Zero Hour.

As the pandemonium continued, Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar stood up and said the country was incomplete without Muslims.

“The report has been carried by newspapers. Whosoever said it, it is wrong. Muslims are a part of the country and it is incomplete without them,” Akhtar said.

The minister said Muslims have to live in the country as equal stakeholders. There is no need to divide this House. “Our state has many problems and we want to grapple them, so please allow us. We should not be provoked into a divisive tit-for-tat match. We all have to live in this country as equal stake-holders,” he said.