In yet another instance of communally targeted speech at an event organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a speaker asked Maulvis (Muslim clerics) to “pack up their belongings”, hinting at an attempt to oust them from the region.

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The incident occurred at a Trishul Diksha (trident distribution) ceremony organized by the VHP, where the joint general secretary Surendra Jain reportedly made the remark in the presence of at least a hundred people including women and children.

Jain then went on to target the Maulvis themselves saying, “I want to tell those maulvis, pack up your belongings or else the people of Manesar will not leave you… This was a Hindu Nation and will remain so.”

He also tried to rile up listeners against namaaz, saying, it isn’t salah, it is terrorism. They don’t want to offer namaaz, they want to spread terror.”

It is noteworthy that this event comes exactly a week after another event, which was also organized by the VHP, where high ranking BJP leaders and Hindutva spiritual gurus had made a series of hate speeches against Muslims and Islam. 

While BJP MP Parvesh Mishra called for a complete boycott of the minority community, and BJP MLA Nand Kishore Gurjar made disparaging remarks about mob lynching victim Mohammed Akhlaq of Dadri, Yogeshwar Acharya gave an open call to “chop off hands and heads” of Muslims, even as Mahant Naval Kishore encouraged people to bear guns - with or without license.

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Source:  Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)  

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