The Haryana home minister has made a number of controversial remarks in the past, including calling supporters of Gurmehar Kaur “pro-Pakistani” who “should be thrown out of this country.”
New Delhi: Haryana home minister Anil Vij today said, “A Hindu can never be a terrorist, there cannot be any term like ‘Hindu terrorism’,” and “if a Hindu was a terrorist then there would be no terrorism in the world, it would have ended,” ANI reported.
Referring to terror attacks in the past, the minister says that people from Pakistan were let off, while those from India were arrested and called ‘Hindu terrorists’, and this has been the Congress party’s political game.
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 21, 2017
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh reacted to Vij’s comment and said, “He said it right. Sanghis are terrorists, Hindus can never be terrorists.”
This, however, is not the first time Vij has made a controversial statement. In March, when Gurmehar Kaur’s video went viral on social media, stirring a lot of controversy, Vij said that those supporting Kaur are “pro-Pakistani” and should be thrown out of this country.
— ANI Multimedia (@ANI_multimedia) March 1, 2017
Earlier this year, in February, the minister said that those who could not live without beef should not go to Haryana, reported the Times of India. “Being a vegetarian, I try to avoid those functions that have only a non-vegetarian menu,” he said.
In January, Vij had said after khadi stationary, Mahatma Gandhi would be removed from Indian currency notes as well. “Since the time when Gandhi’s name got associated with Khadi…it could not progress. The day Mahatma Gandhi came on the rupee, its devaluation started. Gradually, he will be removed from the notes also. It’s good that Gandhi has been replaced with Modi… Modi is a bigger brand name. After Modi’s association with khadi, there has been 14% increase in sale of the products,” he said.
In an attempt to retract his statement, Vij later said, “The comment I made on Mahatma Gandhi is my personal opinion, to avoid hurting anyone’s sentiments, I take it back.”
In October 2016, Vij had asked the Centre to declare the cow as the national animal, and that he would send a request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this.
Declare Cow as National Animal of India instead of Royal Bengal tiger
— ANIL VIJ (@anilvijminister) October 7, 2015
In August of last year, when he was Haryana’s sports minister, Vij donated Rs 50 lakh to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is known for his film MSG: The Messenger of God.
“It is a very good thing. Along with religion, education and games are there, that means they are trying to prepare a complete human being,” Vij is quoted to have told ANI, adding, “He is encouraging the games. Since the schools are also encouraging games here, I would like to donate Rs 50 Lakh from my discretionary fund.”
₹50 lakh toh maine apne discretionary fund se diye hain, iska mai hi maalik tha: Haryana Sports Min Anil Vij pic.twitter.com/cVwfXBvywU
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 28, 2016
(With agency inputs)