bhopal: most of the commercials establishments and shops remained shut in bairagarh on wednesday to protest the alleged objectionable remarks made against sindhi community by huzur mla rameshwar sharma. Only a few shops remained open in the commercial town neighboring the state capital. For last couple of days an audio clip allegedly of sharma making derogatory remark against sindhi community is doing round on social media.
The mla has rubbished the audio clip terming it as fake. Taking exception to the mla’s remark, even the chief minister shivraj singh chouhan has sought clarification from him on the statement, said sources. Chouhan flaying sharma said that the any derogatory remark against any community cannot be tolerated. The members of sindhi community staged a protest at neelam park seeking action against the mla for his derogatory statement.
Raising slogans against sharma, scores of protestors descended on the park sindhi community members warned the government and the administration of intensifying their protest if immediate action against sharma was not initiated. The demonstration hit the movement of traffic in the jahangirabad area.
Additional police force was deployed in the area to keep the protestors under control. Bhagwan dev israni, leader of the community, said that bairagarh market was closed for making the government understand that the sindhi community would not tolerate any rubbish against any community. Calming their bandh call successful, israni maintained only a few politically inclined people kept their commercial establishments opened, but their number was minuscule. People on responsible posts should keep it in mind that we are living in a secular country and no one is allowed to make derogatory remark against any community, said israni.
Mla takes out rally to clear his stand
meanwhile, to counter the protest of the sindhi community and to clarify his stand, mla rameshwar sharma and his supporters took out a rally in bairagarh. Sharma termed the audio making rounds on social media as fake saying that it was a conspiracy of congress to tarnish his image. Congress was trying to divide the people on community lines by circulating a fake audio, he claimed. The mla reasserted that he respected all communities and had not said a anything against any community. He informed that he has even clarified and put his stand before the chief minister.
The mla claiming that he had not made any remark against the community, though offered his apologies to the community members. Krishna mohan soni, corporator in the bhopal municipal corporation (bmc) who was also present in the rally alleged that congress has been dividing the country on religious lines always and this time they are trying to spread hatred against the state government.