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BJP leadership unhappy with MP Parvesh Verma’s boycott call against Muslims: Sources

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Although no official explanation is sought from the MP, sources within the party told India Today TV that the unease over the comments was palpable.

New Delhi,UPDATED: October 15, 2022 8:54 PM IST

Parvesh Verma

Parvesh Verma’s comments at a VHP event were not well received by his party leadership (File)

By Poulomi Saha“If you want to fix their heads, then there’s only one way…full boycott!” These words of West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma may have gotten him in trouble with his party.

Although he did not name any community or religion during a speech at a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) event in Delhi a few days ago, the remarks sparked massive outrage.

Not just political opponents and critics on social media, reports are now emerging that Parvesh Verma’s remarks may not have gone down well with his own party leadership.

Although no official explanation is sought from the MP, sources within the party told India Today TV that the unease over the comments was palpable.

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At the BJP national executive meeting in Hyderabad in July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said party officials should avoid courting unnecessary controversy and falling victim to “baiting” from political opponents, on issues of common concern, party leaders said.

The prime minister, sources said, had warned that at a time when the party wants to reach out to members of the Muslim community, especially backward Pasmanda Muslims, such communal rhetoric could be counterproductive.

Even in recent cases, the BJP’s ideological mentor, the RSS, has been seen trying to reach out to the Muslim community and build bridges.

The party sent a strong diktat to its leadership to refrain from making communal remarks, especially after the row over former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s comments on Prophet Mohammad, which also embarrassed the party. diplomacy.

On Sunday, the BJP is holding a massive rally of nearly 70,000 of its workers and leaders from its Delhi unit at the Ramlila Maidan in the nation’s capital. Called the “Panch Parmeshwar Sammelan”, it remains to be seen whether the party’s national chairman, JP Nadda, takes the opportunity to send a strong anti-community message to party leaders and workers alike.

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