BJP objects to Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Telangana

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticized the Telangana state government’s decision to permit Tablighi Jamaat to organize an Islamic congregation in Parigi, Vikarabad district, from January 6 to 8.

The saffron party, led by BJP’s national general secretary and Karimnagar Member of Parliament, Bandi Sanjay Kumar, raised objections not only to the event but also to the allocation of over Rs 2.40 crore for essential infrastructure.

Kumar, in a press statement on Wednesday, called for the immediate withdrawal of the permission, accusing Tablighi Jamaat of involvement in “forced conversions as well as terror activities.”

He urged Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy to take action against officials responsible for granting permission and questioned whether intelligence and police had informed the chief minister about the alleged “dangerous” activities of the organization.

The BJP leader said that Tablighi Jamaat was banned even in several Islamic nations, claiming that these countries restricted members from entering religious places and prohibited their citizens from participating in the organization’s activities. Kumar reiterated the unproven allegation that Tablighi Jamaat was responsible for spreading COVID during the pandemic’s outbreak in January 2020.

Expressing concern about a new COVID variant, Kumar questioned the government’s decision to release funds for the congregation. He criticized the allocation, especially when the government had previously claimed an empty treasury left behind by the BRS government. Kumar warned of dire consequences if the government did not withdraw permissions.

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