NEW DELHI — In a bizarre drama, senior BJP leader and former state minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, IP Singh tried to enter Jama Masjid on Wednesday, minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag at the Red Fort, just stone’s throw from the historic mosque, and tried to unfurl the national flag inside the mosque premises.
Leading a group of BJP members, Singh marched towards Jama Masjid gate and started raising slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, “Vande Mataram”, “Sabsey Payara Desh Humara”.
The group entered through Gate No. 1, went upstairs but were stopped just a few steps before the main entrance leading to the huge courtyard of the mosque. Local people had also gathered there and stopped them to enter the mosque and avoided aggressive confrontation with BJP workers to maintain peace. Hence BJP leader failed to ignite violence.
The incident took place around 10 AM when there was highest security arrangements in the area for the Independence Day event at the Red Fort. It is said that there was not a single policeman deployed at the mosque which has a police station near its Gate No. 3 and a police post at the Gate No. 1.
When asked, BJP leader said, “We don’t need any permission for unfurling the flag anywhere”.
After they failed to enter the Jama Masjid they waved the National Flag outside the gate of the mosque. IP Singh also shared the video of the whole drama on social media and tweeted: “After 71 years, trampling over the chest of Jama Masjid, we along with our workers unfurled the national flag, Vande Mataram”
71 साल बाद जामा मस्जिद दिल्ली की छाती
पर चढ़कर हमने कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ राष्ट्रीय ध्वज फहराया,वन्दे मातरम pic.twitter.com/j3Xk8VkWMI
— IP Singh (@ipsinghbjp) August 15, 2018
In another tweet with hashag #MyFlagMyFaith he targetted Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmad Bukhari and alleged that in response to Bharat Mata Ki Jay, local people chanted Shahi Imam zindabad.
BJP leader also threatened in the tweet to march to Jama Masjid again to unfurl the Tricolour ‘with the blessings of all Indian citizens.’
Expressing deep anguish over the incident, Imam Bukhari said: It was a big conspiracy for communal riots. I won’t repeat the slogans raised by anti-social elements, but those slogans were to provoke Muslims. Never before has any body dared to reach the main entrance of Jama Masjid and raise provocative slogans. The present condition in the country is very disturbing – there is mob violence at places, at others, people are being killed in their homes.”