‘Burqa’ diktat by BJP for Modi rally raises eyebrows
Narendra Modi’s Jaipur rally today saw controversy over a purported direction by BJP asking Muslims to come dressed in skull caps and burqas
Jaipur: Narendra Modi’s Jaipur rally today saw controversy over a purported direction by BJP asking Muslims to come dressed in skull caps and burqas, with critics questioning the motive behind the “dress code”. The BJP, however, claimed that the direction by its minority cell has been “misunderstood” and no distinction had been made on the basis of religion. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh asked whether BJP was trying to enforce a “dress code” or playing “vote bank politics” by asking Muslims to attend its meetings wearing ‘burqas’ and skull caps. In his tweet, Digvijay Singh said, “Whether it is a dress code or vote bank politics is a question which the media should ask the BJP,” he said. The BJP claimed that the instruction was that any woman wearing burqa should not be stopped from entering the venue as, it alleged, was done at a Congress rally citing security reasons.
BJP spokesperson Jyoti Kiran said, “People were allowed to attend the (BJP) rally in their traditional dresses whether women were wearing burqa or jeans or men had “topi, safa, pagri” as headgear did not matter,” she said. Scores of burqa-clad women attended the rally of Modi, who is believed to be days away from being named the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Modi has been accusing Congress of following a policy of appeasement of Muslims and had even said it was wearing a “‘burqa’ of secularism”. Kiran said no separate sitting blocks were set up for any community in the concluding Suraj Sankalp Yatra rally addressed by Modi and party President Rajnath Singh.