Banwari Lal Singhal, BJP MLA from Alwar in Rajasthan says Hindu families shouldn’t let Muslims into their homes, accuses Meo Muslims of promoting love jihad
Controversial BJP legislator from Alwar city in Rajasthan, Banwari Lal Singhal, has urged Hindu families to not allow Muslims into their homes, alleging that the religious minority, and especially its Meo Muslim community, was actively involved in cow slaughter and ‘love jihad’.
Singhal’s comments, made on Sunday at a public function of his community in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, and reiterated a day later in an interview to the Times of India, come months after the BJP suffered a humiliating defeat against the Congress party in the by-elections to the Alwar Lok Sabha seat.
The two-term BJP legislator, who is infamous for his hate speeches against the Muslim community, reportedly said at the function on Sunday that Meo Muslims (a section of the Islamic community that has strong presence in the Mewat region of Haryana and some pockets of Rajasthan and UP) were involved in crimes like cow slaughter, ‘love jihad’, creating fake identities and fraud.
Meo sect of Muslims never votes for #BJP. I also do not go to them for votes. Asking for votes from them would mean I would be compelled to help them in getting away with crimes they regularly commit. So I always stay away from them: BL Singhal, BJP MLA from Alwar. #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/1yAuy91AQp— ANI (@ANI) April 10, 2018
He later told reporters that Muslims were habitually involved in all kinds of crimes and proudly claimed that he neither allowed members of the community to enter his residence and office nor sought their votes.
“Meo Muslims do not vote for the BJP. I also do not go after them for votes. Seeking votes from them would mean that I have to help them in getting away with crimes that they habitually commit. This is the main reason that I have always maintained a safe distance from them,” Singhal was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
The legislator, who has strong links with the radical right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and has been associated with the BJP’s ideological parent – the RSS – also said: “Love jihad has become a tradition for Meo Muslims here (in Alwar and Bharatpur districts of Rajasthan). They create fake IDs on Facebook and lure Hindu girls into relationships. They marry Hindu girls and make their life hell. On the contrary, Muslim girls despite being illiterate or less educated do not love or marry Hindu boys.”
The BJP leader didn’t limit his hate speech to Muslims but also slammed Hindu women for “falling in the trap” of Muslim boys. “Even those Hindu girls who are talented and intellectual become secular and marry Meo Muslim boys. These Hindu women are generally thrown out by their Meo Muslim husbands after two years. I appeal to Hindu families, parents and elders to not allow Muslims into their homes and check love jihad… Meo Muslims are butchers.”
Singhal had also courted controversy in January this year when he made the outlandish claim that “Muslims (in India) were giving birth to 12-14 children as part of a well planned conspiracy to have a member of their community occupy the chairs of President, Prime Minister and Chief Ministers and make Hindus secondary citizens in Hindustan… the existence of Hindus is in danger”.