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BJP minority cell opposes Rushdie's visit

JAIPUR: Opposing controversial author Salman Rushdie\'s proposed visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, Rajasthan BJP\'s minority cell has asked the Congress-led state government not to allow

Published: 11th January 2012 02:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:12 PM   |  A+A-

JAIPUR: Opposing controversial author Salman Rushdie's proposed visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, Rajasthan BJP's minority cell has asked the Congress-led state government not to allow him to enter the city.

The unit is drawing up a strategy to protest the proposed visit of the author. We will make sure that he is not allowed to enter the city, General Secretary of the Cell Munnawar Khan said.

"We will not let such an author, who hurt our religious sentiments by presenting wrong facts about prophet Mohammad, enter the city," Khan said.

Other Muslim organisations, including Jamiat Ulma-E- Rajasthan, have also objected to the proposed visit of the author.

Rushdie's novel 'The Satanic Verses', which was banned in the country, had sparked outrage in the Muslim world, including a fatwa issued against him by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on February 14, 1989.

65-year-old Rushdie is set to attend the literature festival in the Pink City this month end.



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