Bihar BJP MLA’s hate speech: “Muslims should be set ablaze…”

Muslims should be set ablaze just as Hindus burn Ravana effigies during the festival of Dussehra, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Bihar MLA Haribhushan Thakur Bachaul in a latest episode of hate speech.

“We need a Hanuman ji so that our youth could be strong, the people of our country could be strong. Just like Ravana’s Lanka was burnt by Hanuman ji, the demon-like Ravanas, who are hovering over Bihar and the country, should also be burnt,” Thakur told reporters.

When asked where are the ‘Ravanas’ in Bihar, Bachaul said, “You go and see what is happening in Kishanganj, what’s happening in Purnia, Araria, Jokihat…”

The Kishanganj, Araria, Purnia and Katihar districts from Bihar were part of the Seemanchal region and the region has a 47% Muslim population.

Thakur was talking about the Muslims and Muslim populated regions of Bihar.

The BJP MLA from Bisfi in Madhubani district is known for making hate speeches.

Three months ago, the same MLA had said that Muslims living in India should be stripped of voting rights and treated as second class citizens.

“As Muslims were given a separate country at the time of Partition in 1947, they should leave for Pakistan. And if they live in India, they should live like second-class citizens. We urge the government to take away voting rights of Muslims,” he told media persons on 25 February.

Several members of the opposition parties, mainly the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM in the Bihar assembly had protested against his anti-Muslim statement and demanded his suspension.