NEW DELHI: BJP on Saturday said barring the interregnum of the Vajpayee government, India before 2014 was a semi-Islamic state.
At a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi also alleged that Congress member Rahul Gandhi’s derogatory remark on Hinduism led to violence in Maharashtra and fake news was purposely spread after large scale ruckus took place across the state.
“Under the Congress rule, India was partially a Muslim nation. I’m saying so with full responsibility because Sharia provisions were part of the constitutional system,” he said, referring to practice like instant talaq, now barred, and grant of Haj subsidy, since discontinued. In an apparent reference to the Rajiv Gandhi government bringing a law to override an SC order in the Shah Bano case, Trivedi said the judgment was overruled to give primacy to Sharia provisions. “Overriding an SC judgment was not done even in a Muslim state,” Trivedi said, adding, “Insulting Hindu religion is in Congress DNA.”
He alleged that the violence in Maharashtra over the “false” news of mosques being targeted in Tripura and Congress leaders’ comments attacking Hindutva were part of a conspiracy. “Large scale violence, Rahul’s remark against Hindutva and Salman Khurshid comparing Hindutva with Islamic terrorist outifts can’t be a coincidence but smacks of a larger conspiracy of spreading hatred against Hindu religion,” he said.
Trivedi said it was Rahul’s tirade against Hindu religion, which stirred Congress workers in Maharashtra. “It seems he has been an inspiration to his party workers in Maharashtra in defaming Hindutva and driving an organised campaign to stoke communal discord and violence,” he added. Asserting that Shivaji’s rule was also associated with Hinduism, Trivedi said leaders like Rahul can’t comprehend the concept and asked him to read up his own party stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Jawaharlal Nehru.

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