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Pro-ISIS slogan at rally: BJP hits out at Congress

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

New Delhi: The BJP today accused Congress workers of “participating” in a rally where protesters shouted pro-ISIS slogans in Rajasthan and sought to corner the party over the issue as it referred to the debate on ‘intolerance’. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Congress had uttered no word on the controversy although he expected the opposition party to make “maximum noise” as it had been raising the issue of intolerance.

“Slogans against RSS and in support of ISIS were made. But these political champions of secularism spoke no word. They were silent. We thought they would demand sedition charges against people involved in this… “In fact, some were seen protecting the Congress leaders involved in this rally,” Naqvi alleged.
“If by mistake, somebody associated with the BJP had made such comments, then they (opposition parties) would have raised a hue and cry today. This is a very dangerous and destructive mentality. And supporting such people directly or indirectly is more dangerous still,” he told a press conference.

Four persons were arrested for allegedly shouting pro-ISIS slogans at a rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk district, which was held in protest against the reported “derogatory remarks” against Islam by a right-wing activist.