NEW DELHI: The BJP on Friday hit out at AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi for his remarks suggesting that Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon was awarded capital punishment because of his religion.”He has done communal politics over terrorism. There cannot be an uglier form of communal politics. Owaisi sees religion in everything. The decision for execution is taken by the Supreme Court, not the government,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Javadekar recalled how Owaisi had at a Parliamentary Committee meeting questioned “Hindu” names like Agni, Aakash and Arjun for defence weaponry. On Owaisi’s query about who had given them “Hindu” names, an officer present replied that it was A P J Abdul Kalam.
However, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj asked Owaisi to go to Pakistan. “I think those who cannot respect this nation, cannot respect the national flag, cannot respect India’s Constitution, cannot respect the judiciary... such people do not have the right to live in India.”