A Muslim cleric has kicked up a controversy in Karnataka with remarks made in the presence of a minister that cows will be sacrificed during Bakrid festival in the state where cow slaughter is banned.
The cleric made the purported remarks in the presence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Shivanand Patil during his sermons on the occasion of Ramzan prayer at Vijayapura in north Karnataka two days ago.
- Tanveer Hashmi is the head of Hashim Pir Dargah at Vijayapura.
- Hindu right wing activists also took to social media to condemn the cleric’s comments.
- The cleric made the purported remarks in the presence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Shivanand Patil.
Tanveer Hashmi is the head of Hashim Pir Dargah at Vijayapura, a popular Muslim shrine. The video of his purported remarks has gone viral. The minister chose to remain quiet after Hashmi made the controversial remarks.
The cleric is heard saying: “The minister is here. Let him do what he can. Bakri Eid is in another two months. The devil will try to interfere in cow slaughter, let’s hope that there is no other sacrifice along with the cow.” He further said, “I’m saying it will all responsibility so pay attention to it. Tipu Sultan would not have lost, had traitors not betrayed him. I have tried to show the mirror and I hope that you will try to pay attention to my words. We will pray for Islam.”
Meanwhile, Congress leader and Health and Family Welfare Minister Shivanand Patil, who was present at the event, did not seem to have done anything to stop the cleric form making the hate rant and chose to remain quiet, news agency PTI reported.
The cleric’s remarks came days after a purported video of former Union minister and BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal asking corporators to work only for Hindus, who voted for him, and not for Muslims went viral on social media.
Few days after the shocking video of Karnataka cleric’s controversial remarks about cow slaughter on Bakrid, Javed Akhtar took to Twitter and slammed his speech.
Secularism doesn’t mean ignoring or tolerating minority communalism . This irresponsible and outrageous cleric Tanveer Hashim should immediately be arrested for trying to create communal tension in Bengaluru .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) June 19, 2018
Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar said that even though India is a secular country, the communalism by minorities must not be tolerated. Calling cleric Tanveer Hashim “irresponsible and outrageous”, he said that immediate arrest should be made in the case. “Secularism doesn’t mean ignoring or tolerating minority communalism. This irresponsible and outrageous cleric Tanveer Hashim should immediately be arrested for trying to create communal tension in Bengaluru,” he said in his tweet.