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New Delhi: Militant Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand Giri has urged Hindus to have a saffron-coloured flag on their house and boycott the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign.
According to Scroll, Narsinghanand – who is an accused in two hate speech cases – asked Hindus to boycott the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign and not purchase flags as he claimed that the biggest order of procuring flags for this campaign has been given to a Muslim.
“The biggest order [of procuring flags] for this campaign has been given to a company in West Bengal owned by one Salauddin,” he claimed in a video that went viral on Friday, August 12.
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“This is one big conspiracy against Hindus. If you [Hindus] want to stay alive, then stop giving your money to Muslims in the name of this campaign.” He added, “If you want to hoist a tricolour, find an old one. But don’t give money to Salauddin.”
He further said that Hindu politicians campaign for the economic boycott of Muslims, however, they give government contracts to them once in power.
“Teach a lesson to these politicians…They cannot use your [Hindus] money to make Muslims rich and subsequently make arrangements for them to kill your children. Don’t fall into the trap of these people,” he says in the video, according to an English translation provided by Scroll.
“Every Hindu should have a saffron-coloured flag on his house,” he said.
While The Wire was unable to verify the Hindutva leader’s claim, the Times of India has reported about Salauddin Mondal, whose Kolkata-based company is one of the nine flag suppliers enlisted by the West Bengal government under the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme.
Mondal said he expected to send three or four crore tricolours to the state governments of Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Several educational institutes and organisations in Bengal under the Union government have also placed orders with him.
“There is no doubt that my business will get an impetus, but that is nothing compared to the pride that comes with being associated with the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence in such a crucial way,” Mondal said, according to TOI. “I am fortunate that the responsibility of ensuring every house has a Tricolour has been given to me,” he added.
Narsinghanand is out on bail
In January, Narsinghanand was arrested in two separate cases: one on derogatory comments against women and the other on hate speeches against Muslims at Haridwar’s Dharma Sansad. He is on bail in both cases.
However, the Hindu seer has made several inflammatory comments against Muslims for which no action has been taken until now.
In April, he had asked Hindus to give birth to more children to prevent India from becoming an Islamic country. The Himachal Pradesh had warned him to not use such instigating language.
He was summoned by the Ghaziabad Police in June for making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad.