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Rahul Gandhi blasts Modi-led BJP over ‘shameful bigotry’

New Delhi: As India continues to receive backlash from Muslim countries over the anti-Islam remarks by two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) officials, Rahul Gandhi, leader of India’s main opposition party, hit out at the ruling party for its “shameful bigotry”.

Several Muslim countries, including Pakistan, took strong exception to the derogatory remarks made against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the officials. Pakistan condemned the remarks in the strongest terms. Likewise, Qatar, Kuwait and Iran summoned Indian envoys to register their protest and demanded an apology from New Delhi.

“Divided internally, India becomes weak externally,” Rahul said in a Twitter post.

He went on to say that the BJP’s shameful bigotry had not only isolated India but also damaged its standing globally.

Shortly after, former Indian finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram pointed out the Indian government’s belated response to the derogatory remarks.

The Congress leader further highlighted that the two BJP officials weren’t the original creators of Islamophobia, but that someone else was behind it.

The BJP on Sunday suspended the two spokespersons but Pakistan and other Muslim countries said that it was not enough.

“Merely suspending and expelling party officials is not enough… the BJP must shun and denounce its extremist and fascist Hindutva ideology,” President Arif Alvi said.

The Foreign Office also urged India to “ensure decisive and demonstrable action” against those responsible. Web Desk

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