Sambalpur (Orissa), Apr 27: PTI,
BJP’s Sambalpur district minority cell said its members had been barred from entering masjids as other party leaders had openly scolded Muslim community in a public ceremony.
"The Muslim community is angered by the way some district BJP leaders used filthy language against Muslims in roadside public meetings to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti prior to April 14. They had threatened riots, re-enact of 1987 masjid attack and throwing of shoes on Pir Baba," most of the office bearers of district BJP minority cell said.
They said minority cell President Md Gaffur Khan had been driven out from a meeting being held inside the masjid in reaction to party leaders’ "provocative" speech against Muslim community.
"All office bearers of BJP minority cell have been asked not to come to masjids. Even we are threatened not to be given place in creamatory ground," district minority cell vice president Md Anwar Ali said.
The members demanded that the BJP leaders should seek apology through media from Muslim community for using the language.
Confirming the allegations from Muslim members of the party, state BJP General Secretary Suresh Pujari said, "we have received the letter from minority cell. A delegation of party leaders had met masjid office bearers and requested them not to bar them from offering prayer.
He said "some Congress leaders were trying to inject mistrust in BJP by asking influential Muslim community leaders to corner BJP minority cell members".