By Muslim Mirror Staff
Senior Congress leader Aziz Qureshi has sparked a controversy with his recent remarks about religious identity and the Muslim community during a public address.
Addressing a gathering, Qureshi made statements implying that certain leaders within the Congress party were openly discussing religious tours and expressing pride in their Hindu identity.
He also said that the death of a portion of the Muslim population would not be problematic, stating, “There is no problem if one or two crores out of 22 crore Muslims die.”
Qureshi alleged that Congress leaders participating in religious processions and openly associating with Hindu religious slogans, such as ‘Jai Ganga Maiya’ and ‘Jai Narmada Maiya’, were a source of shame for the party. He stood firm behind his statements and challenged the party to expel him, demonstrating his lack of remorse.
“I have no fear. Remove me from the party,” Qureshi said. He criticized what he perceived as the party’s shifting values and direction, claiming that leaders were disregarding the principles set by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Turning his attention to the Muslim community, Qureshi emphasized that political parties, including the Congress, should acknowledge that Muslims were not subservient to them.
“Why should Muslims vote for you? You don’t give jobs. You don’t take them in police, army or navy. Then why should Muslims vote for you?” he asked.
The controversy intensified when a video of Qureshi’s speech surfaced on social media, specifically shared by BJP spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi. This act further fueled the political fire, prompting discussions across platforms about the implications of Qureshi’s statements for the Congress party and the broader political landscape.
It’s worth noting that Aziz Qureshi, a seasoned politician, has previously served as the governor of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Mizoram. He has held key positions within the Congress party and the Madhya Pradesh government. His comments, however, have raised serious questions about his alignment with the party’s ideologies and values.