As the debate over alleged growing intolerance continues, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sakshi Maharaj on Tuesday said that no other country in the world is as tolerant as India.
When asked to comment on Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan’s statement on Paris terror attacks, the controversial BJP MP said, ”the Samajwadi Party leader’s remarks, whether it is on Tipu Sultan or France attacks, it only gives an impression that he is supporting terrorists.”
Sakshi Maharaj’s reactions came a day after Khan stoked a controversy by saying the global superpowers should think whether it was a reaction to the killing of innocents in Arab countries.
“Whatever the terrorists did in Paris was wrong. But, attack on Arab countries and killing of innocents there by US and Russia is also not justified,” Khan had said.
“We need to look who killed whom first, after that who retaliated. This is a debatable issue. You strike bombs through drones to kill the innocents… History will decide who is a terrorist and who is wrong.”
Reacting sharply to Khan’s remarks, BJP demanded action against him and dared the Samajwadi Party leadership to make public its stand, saying it would otherwise be construed that it supports terrorism.
Three teams of extremists belonging to the militant outfit ISIS carried out coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across the French capital on November 13 that left at least 129 people dead and 352 injured, attracting condemnation from an entire spectrum of world leaders.
Amid ongoing row over birth anniversary celebration of Tipu Sultan, the Uttar Pradesh Minister last week asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring back a ring of the 18th century Mysore ruler from London, which he claimed bore the name of Lord Rama.