Muslim cleric, Tanveer Hashmi, head of Hashmi Pir Dargah at Vijayapura, Karnataka made controversial remarks in the presence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Shivanand Patil, threatening to sacrifice cows on the auspicious festival of Islam, Eid-Ul-Adha, or popularly known as Bakri Eid, PTI reported.
His remarks were made during one of the ritualistic Ramzan sermon prayers held in Vijayapura, which went viral online.
“Let me bring to your notice, in two months time there will be Bakrid. In the name of cow, this satan (devil) will do a mischief. I am telling you (the minister) this beforehand so as to ensure that with the cow another sacrifice does not happen,” Hashmi stated in Urdu.
The minister as of now, has not issued any comment.
Hashmi’s remarks come as a response to former Union Minister and BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal’s statement in a video that went viral to corporators asking them to only work for Hindus who had voted him in Bijapur and not Muslims.
“I had said no to Muslims initially….I had instructed my people that those with topi (cap)) and burkha should not come and stand in my office or beside me,” he was reported to have said.
Social activist Ritu Rathaur tweeted, saying, “Cleric Tanveer Peera Hashmi pontificates that they will start #CowSlaughter again! What is emboldening peace fools so much? Political Patronage by all political leaders? And is this the respect they have for Hindu Sentiments? Disgusting!”