Uttar Pradesh BJP Minister Raghuraj Singh (Photo Credit: Twitter/@RRSinghBJP)
Uttar Pradesh BJP Minister Raghuraj Singh has demanded the state and central government to ban burqa, a long, loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet, worn in public by Muslim women, saying that it is used by terrorists to infiltrate into the country. "I demand the state and central govt to ban the burqa, as terrorists use burqa to enter the country. Likewise, in Shaheen Bagh these days most of those wearing burqa are misusing it. Therefore, its usage should be stopped," news agency ANI quoted the UP minister as saying.
Singh, who is also the chairman of labour and employment board, said that Muslims wear burqa because they are the descendants of Surpanakha, the sister of multi-headed demon king Ravana.
"The system of burqa has come from Arab. They hide their face because Lord Lakshman had cut off their ears and nose. They wear burqas because they are the descendants of the demon. Only the descendants of demons can wear a burqa. No ordinary person can wear a burqa," he said.
Singh is notorious for making violent and inflammatory remarks. Last month, he had questioned the 'Khaandan' of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. On January 30, while addressing a rally in support of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act in Aligarh, Singh had threatened that "anti-nationals" will be given "kutte ki maut".
However, the BJP has distanced itself from Singh's remarks on burqa and issued him a show cause notice for "indulging in activities which violate the policies of the party, and issuing indecent statements."