- BJP MP Vinay Katiyar says Muslims have "no business being in India"
- Vinay Katiyar blames Muslims for country's partition
- AIMIM chief, Owaisi: Punish those who call Muslims in India "Pakistanis"
The lawmaker's comment came in the backdrop of the call of Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, for a law that punishes anyone who calls an Indian Muslim a "Pakistani" with a three-year jail term. Mr Owaisi had made the point that calling Indian Muslims Pakistanis was an insult, since they had rejected Mohammad Ali Jinnah's two-nation theory and chose to stay in India.
"Muslims should not stay in this country," Mr Katiyar said today. "They have partitioned the country on the basis of population. So why are they here? Muslims have been given their share. They should go to Bangladesh or Pakistan... they have no business being in India."
The leader, who founded the youth wing of the right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, also demanded that a new law be framed in parliament that would punish those "who do not respect Vande Mataram, (and) those who insult the national flag, or hoist the Pakistani flag."
Mr Owaisi dismissed Mr Katiyar's comments. "Now what can we say? His tenure is about to end... a candle flares up when it comes to an end."
Mr Katiyar had triggered another controversy last week, saying Taj Mahal stands at the site of temple and should be re-named Tejo Mandir. It had triggered outrage on social media and brought forth the crushing "troglodyte" comment from Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor.
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