Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Swaroop Shukla has courted controversy by his controversial statements on the Muslim community. The minister said that lord Ram, Krishna and Shiva were the ancestors of Indian Muslims and they should bow to the “land and culture of India”.
Following the provocative remarks here, the minister further praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for defeating the mindset which intended to create an Islamic State in the country by raising the flag of Hindutva and “Indian Culture”.
“After Syria and Afghanistan, some people from different countries want to make the world an Islamic State. Some in India have this mindset too. But, the Modi and Adityanath governments at the Centre and state have raised the flag of Hindutva and "Indian culture” in the country and defeated this mindset,” added Shukla.
Further referring to the controversial posters that were put in Sambhal city recently, Shukla said they were the outcome of Samajwadi Party’s support to Islamic terrorists and its MP Shaifur Rehman Barq’s statement supporting the Taliban.
Posters calling Sambhal the land of the ‘ghazis’, an apparent reference to Islamic warriors, had come up ahead of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s meeting there earlier this week.
The BJP had strongly objected to the posters, after which they were removed by workers of the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).
Shukla said ghazis have been completely eradicated from Uttar Pradesh. Such powers will not be able to raise their heads in future, he said.
Attacking Owaisi, Shukla said his ancestors wanted to make Hyderabad a separate nation but could not succeed.