NEW DELHI: M.P. Renukacharya, Karnataka’s BJP legislator invited controversy after making some objectionable remarks on Muslims.
“Instead of offering prayers (namaz), Muslims are storing weapons in mosques and their priests (khazis) are giving fatwas instead of sermons,” Renukacharya said at a pro-CAA rally at Honnalli in Davenagere district, according to media reports.
Renukacharya criticized the minority community for not taking part in pro-CAA rallies.
The party has distanced itself from the remarks.
Karnataka BJP spokesperson S Prakash said that the “party distances itself from such statements. He (Renukacharya) has made these statements in his personal capacity and the BJP has nothing to do with anything he said.”
CAA aims to protect religiously persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan by giving them Indian Citizenship. The cut-off date for those to be given citizenship in India has been fixed at, on or before 31st December 2014.