Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA OP Sharma raked up a controversy on Monday by calling AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan ‘terrorist’. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia hit back at the BJP.
“If you do something wrong, you will also go to jail like terrorists. Why are you talking nonsense? Why are you talking like terrorists? Talk like a man, not like a terrorist. Why are you behaving like a terrorist? Behave like a man. Don’t mess with me! Don’t be a Fanney Khan! Sit down and behave like a man!,” said Sharma, who is an MLA from east Delhi’s Vishwas Nagar, referring to Khan when he interrupted Sharma in his talking.
Sharma’s controversial comment drew angry response from AAP members and they demanded an apology.
Reacting to Sharma’s terrorist comment, Khan was quoted by News18 as saying “I simply asked the BJP MLA to not use bad words about IAS officers. When I objected, he continued speaking and called me a terrorist. He called me terrorist eight times”.
He further said “I believe this is the BJP’s ideology. They think all Muslims are terrorists. They only want to spread hatred and do their politics. They want to vitiate the atmosphere of the country. This is not just his (Sharma’s) mindset, it is the ideology of his party.”
Lashing out at Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia sai “It is unfortunate that a party that wants to paint all Muslims as terrorists is running the country. We will not tolerate anyone who tries to prove that a person with the name Khan is a terrorist. We will not tolerate this”.
Calling Sharma’s statement shameful, Kejriwal said “Look at BJP’s MLA — shameful. BJP wants to divide India into Hindu and Muslim. That is also what Pakistan wants. BJP is fulfilling Pakistan’s agenda. Why did Modiji go to Pakistan to meet Nawaz Sharif? Why was the ISI called to investigate Pathankot? What secret relationship does BJP have with Pakistan?”
Sharma had stormed out of the House after making this controversial statement and said he stood by his statement.