Abdur Razzak Bin Yousuf, an Islamic preacher from Bangladesh, well known for making hateful remarks about India and Hindus, is set to embark on a week long West Bengal tour. The cleric will hold meetings in various Muslim dominated areas of Malda, Murshidabad, and Howrah districts, from 14th to 20th December.
It appears that his meetings have already been granted permission by the administration, which is very surprising given the fact that the preacher has a history of making communal statements.
The cleric believes that braking the idols of Hindu gods is the birthright of Muslims. He also believes that Muslims in Bangladesh and West Bengal should refrain from participating in Bengali new year celebrations. He also, very often voices his sexist opinions about what a woman in an ideal Islamic society is supposed to do.
Four of his meetings will take place in Malda, a Muslim majority district which has witnessed widespread communal violence in recent years. During 2016 Kaliachak riots in Malda, violent Muslim mobs vandalized number of public and private property.
Reacting to Bin Yousuf’s Bengal tour, West Bengal BJP President, Dilip Ghosh called this to be a deliberate attempt from Mamata Government to allow controversial clerics from Bangladesh to hold meetings, while denying permission to BJP’s rath yatra.
Recently, BJP’s much anticipated ‘save democracy rath yatra’ in West Bengal was denied permission by administration, leading to both the sides approaching Kolkata High Court. Now as per the last Court directives, both BJP leaders and representatives from the administration are supposed to hold a meeting in a few days to clear the air on rath yatra.