Khan who is from Telangana, and has served as Rajya Sabha member for two-terms, on Friday extended support to Ghulam Nabi’s comment that the comparison is an exaggeration. “I personally do not support the kind of Hindutva the BJP has been promoting. But the Congress is a secular party and a majority of Hindus are secular. It is not appropriate to make such a comparison. I condemn it,” he told TOI over phone from New Delhi.
Former union minister Salman Khurshid of the Congress, in his book “Sunrise over Ayodhya,” which was released recently, compared Hindutva to ISIS and Boko Haram, triggering a controversy with BJP leaders burning his effigies at various places in the country.
Ghulam Nabi Azad had criticised his party colleague Salman Khurshid for his remarks on Hindutva. “In Mr. Salman Khurshid’s new book, we may not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology distinct from the composite culture of Hinduism, but comparing Hindutva with ISIS and Jihadist Islam is factually wrong and an exaggeration,” Ghulam Nabi Azad had tweeted earlier.
In Mr. Salman Khursheed’s new book, we may not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology distinct from composite… https://t.co/EKtLw1Iy41
— Ghulam Nabi Azad (@ghulamnazad) 1636641153000
M A Khan had recently rejected the post of vice-chairman of TPCC disciplinary action committee. He had written a letter to Sonia Gandhi citing reasons for turning down the post, resulting in an embarrassment to the state leadership here.
Even the party high command is reported to have found fault with Telangana Congress leadership for not taking Khan’s approval before announcing his name on the disciplinary panel.