VHP ques­tions Modi’s visit to Bohra mosque

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Lucknow: Two days af­ter PM Naren­dra Modi vis­ited the Saifee mosque in In­dore, Vishwa Hindu Parishad said on Sun­day that po­lit­i­cal lead­ers should keep the in­ter­ests of Hin­dus at fore­front since the com­mu­nity formed the ma­jor­ity of In­dian state. In his ad­dress to the Da­woodi Bohra com­mu­nity, Modi had in­voked Imam Hus­sain, the grand­son of Prophet Mo­ham­mad, to em­pha­sise the need for peace and jus­tice.

VHP in­ter­na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary Milind Parande told re­porters here that no­body knows what was go­ing in Modi’s mind when he vis­ited the mosque. “Woh(Modi)masjid­kyun gaye ye poochhna padega...hark­isikoap­ni­asthakeanusar kaam karna chahiye (We will have to ask why he went to the mosque...ev­ery­one should work ac­cord­ing to one’s faith),” he said. “Any­one who wants to be in pol­i­tics in this coun­try will have to think of the in­ter­ests of Hin­dus, ir­re­spec­tive of the po­lit­i­cal party to which one be­longs.”

Re­act­ing to Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Mansarovar, Milind said he did not know if Rahul was a Hindu. “We would be happy, if he prac­tices Hin­duism,” he­said.

He said VHP will re­sume its re­cruit­ment drive to re­cruit women mem­bers and im­part them train­ing to stop “forced con­ver­sion” of Hin­dus, pro­tect cows and check love ji­had.

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