Demanding unqualified apology from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for dragging the name of Hazrat Ali (R.A) into the electoral mudslinging, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday urged country’s political parties to desist from using religion and religious personalities for political ends.
Former Minster and senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar in a statement issued here has expressed deep concern at the national political discourse degenerating into an anti- Muslim discourse at present.
Akhtar said that the main major parties instead of talking about governance and issues pertaining to development, convey an impression through their speeches and wide media coverage that Muslims are the only problem facing this country.
Akhtar reiterated that the entire political spectrum of India cannot wish away the 20 crore Muslims from the country. “You have to learn to live with them and grant them the dignity that they deserve and desist from making them as part of your electoral strategy,” Akhtar said.
The PDP leader remarked that Hazrat Ali (R.A) is one of the leading lights of Islam and he is respected very highly and dragging his name into the electoral speeches is blasphemous.