LUCKNOW: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sangeet Som on Saturday made a shocking statement against the Burqa a step further and alleged that it was “a tool of terrorism”.
In a 1.28-minute facebook post which is being viral, the BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Sardhana claimed terrorism is being nurtured under the guise of Burqa.
“Loktantra ko khatam karne ke liye jis tarah burqe ki aad me farzi voting ki ja rahi hai usse Bharat jaise desh ko khatra hai (The manner in which fake voting is being done in the guise of the burqa, is dangerous for a country like India),” Som says in the clip.
Without naming veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar, who hit headlines when he with banning ghoonghat statements, Som claimed such people seek communalism in everything.
“Kya kabhi ghunghat me aatankwad hua hai? Aap logon ko har cheez me sampradiyakta dikhti hai. Aisa kar ke aap tukde tukde gang ke saath khade hote dikhai deta hai aur unke liye prachar karte hai (Has there ever been any incident of terrorism in the garb of the ghunghat? You are seen siding with the tukde tukde gang and you campaign for them),” said the two-time BJP legislator.
“The burqa is encouraging terrorism in the country and it should immediately be banned,” Som alleged in the video.
The ruling BJP distanced itself from Som’s remark.
The speech of Sangeet Som has come at a time when the Shiv Sena mouthpiece recently sought the Narendra Modi government to ban burqa and masks on the grounds of national security.