As per reports published in Mid-Day, Nirupam while speaking during ‘Mumbai Manthan’, a panel discussion organised by news channel Aaj Tak, said, “The Congress is neither against religion nor temples. The Congress doesn’t follow anything called ‘soft’ Hindutva as claimed by the BJP,” the Mumbai Congress president said. “The cases of mob lynching (by cow vigilantes) and ‘love jihad’ has increased under Modi government, which shows how minorities are being treated in the country,” he said.
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BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party) spokesperson Sambit Patra and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Azmi was also a part of the discussion on ‘Phhoot Daalo Raaj Karo’ session anchor by Anjana Om Kashyap along with hundreds of people in the audience.