A video of BJP lady slapping a girl because she had chosen to have tea with her Muslim friend in Aligarh has gone viral on social media platforms. The lady in question is a ‘BJP Neta’ from Aligarh, while the girl is an adult. According to reports, the BJP leader slapped her because she did not condone the girl enjoying tea with a Muslim friend.
Throughout the video, the BJP leader can be heard shouting in anger, “you have grown so old, don’t you understand he is Muslim”.
Janta Ka Reporter has learnt that the lady in question is Sangeeta Varshney, President of Women’s Wing, BJP Aligarh.
People who have viewed this video have started tagging UP Police and BJP Lucknow handles, demanding her immediate arrest.
— Vinay Garg (@vinaygar) September 20, 2017
What's her name?
— Moहिट (@ChandaMama21) September 20, 2017
Janta Ka Reporter made several attempts to elicit reactions from the Uttar Pradesh Police, but they were unavailable to comment.
This incident brings to light the deep rooted hatred perpetrated by the BJP against Hindu-Muslim friendship in India. The party has often termed such relationship as a case of Love Jihad.
The party had made this a big election issue in Uttar Pradesh in the past. They’ve raked up the issue of Love Jihad in Kerala too, where the saffron party is desperately trying to make inroads.
However, critics say that BJP’s stand on Love Jihad has been hypocritical and smacked of political opportunism. At least two of its own leaders including one cabinet minister in the Narendra Modi government, name Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, have been married to Hindus.