Lynchings have patronage of govt backing Hindutva: Owaisi hits out at RSS chief

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New Delhi, July 06 (KMS): A day after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said that those involved in lynchings over cows were against Hindutva, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi hit back saying that the hatred shown by those who had targeted Muslims in the name of cow protection was the product of Hindutva.

In his address at an event ‘Hindustan First Hindustani Best’ organised by the Muslim Rashtriya Manch in Ghaziabad on July 4, Bhagwat said, “Cow is a holy animal, but those involved in lynching are against Hindutva,” he had said. Bhagwat had also said that though at times, some “false cases” of lynching have been registered against some people.

Owaisi posted three Hindi tweets saying those criminals who carried out lynching may not know the difference between a cow and a buffalo but knew enough to kill those with names like Junaid, Akhlaq, Pehlu, Akbar, and Alimuddin.

“This hatred is the product of Hindutva and these criminals have the patronage of a government backing Hindutva,” Owaisi said.

“Alimuddin’s killers are garlanded by a Union minister, the tricolour is placed over the body of Akhlaq’s killer, a mahapanchayat is convened in support of those who killed Asif, where a BJP spokesperson asks “Can we not even murder?” the president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) wrote.

In 2018, Union Minister Jayant Sinha had been photographed felicitating the men convicted for brutally lynching Alimuddin Ansari in Ramgarh.

In violation of the Flag Code of India, 2002, the body of Ravin Sisodia, one of the accused in the Dadri lynching case, was wrapped in the tricolour.

This year, despite the COVID-19 lockdown in the state, mahapanchayats were held in several Haryana villages in support of those arrested for lynching a Muslim man, Asif Khan.

“Cowardice, violence and murder are an integral part of Godse’s Hindutva thinking. The lynching of Muslims is also the result of this thinking,” he said.

Tagging a report on the RSS chief’s remarks that the DNA of all Indians is the same and those asking Muslims to leave the country cannot call themselves Hindus, Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh also mounted an attack on Bhagwat.

“Mohan Bhagwat ji, will you pass on these views to your disciples, preachers, Vishwa Hindu Parishad/Bajrang Dal workers also? Will you pass on these teachings to Modi-Shah ji and BJP chief minister also?” he asked.

Alleging that the RSS had instilled “hatred” between Hindus and Muslims, Singh said it was now not easy to remove the “seeds of hatred” sown against Muslims from “Saraswati Shishu Mandir to the intellectual training provided by the Sangh.”

“If you are honest with the views you expressed, then issue directions to remove all those leaders in the BJP, who have harassed innocent Muslims, from their posts immediately. Start with (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and (UP Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath,” the Congress leader said.

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