The opposition leaders have raised quite a furore over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kedarnath shrine, just a day after the official culmination of election campaigns. The Prime Minister not only did pray to Lord Shiva at the shrine but also sat for a deep meditation in a holy cave nearby.
The opposition has alleged that Prime Minister continued to influence the electoral with this antics. Many have also voiced their reservations with Prime Minister publicly practicing his religion, one whom surprisingly was former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti.
In a tweet, Mufti said, “for a PM of a secular country, it’s the wearing religion on his sleeves part that’s deeply problematic. Whats the difference between Pak & India if we don’t separate religion from state.”
Pretty ironically, Mufti who has problems with Prime Minister wearing his religion on the sleeve, is herself a very proud and religious Muslim. She never appears publicly without an Islamic headscarf (hijab) and while speaking frequently uses “inshallah,” a term regarded pious in Islam.
The tweet, which apperantly contradicts her own deeds has not gone down well with the twitter users. Many on twitter have called out Mehbooba Mufti over the tweet.
As long as our constitution is not based on Sharia, or any religious text, it’s secular.
People wearing their religion on their sleeve or head is immaterial, no?
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) May 20, 2019
You do not seem to walk the talk or Practice what you Preach !
— 🇮🇳 Padmaja (@prettypadmaja) May 20, 2019
You wear Hijab & take oath in Allah’s name! What is that?
— payal bhayana 🇮🇳 (@payalbhayana) May 19, 2019
Did you give this divine gyaan when iftaar parties used to be organized at official residences of ministers etc? Or may be when Manmohan singh said minorities have first right on our natural resources?
— Sailor (@sailorsmoon) May 19, 2019
Does secular country means a PM shouldn’t practice his own religion? As your concern is separation of religion from state then we should begin with Iftaars , salaries to religious leaders , Haz..
Raise the issue in these matters too we will appreciate that 🙏
— Kamal लोचन (କମଲ) (@Kamallochanm) May 20, 2019
What buffoonery! If a Hindu prays openly it's mixing religion and state! So what must be do? Pray privately ONLY? Try telling people of any faith that. Utter rubbish.
People can choose how they sport their religion AND keep it away from matters of the state.
— Big Daddy Vin (@vinsinners) May 20, 2019
Meanwhile, the Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on polling day.
“Though the campaign for the last phase of polling for 2019 Lok Sabha elections got over on May 17 at 6 p.m., Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath Yatra is being covered and widely reported in local media as well as the national for the last two days. This is a gross violation of the Model Code Of Conduct,” said Derek O’Brien, leader of the TMC Parliamentary Party in the Rajya Sabha.