‘Proud Hindu’ boy Chirag has strongly opposed calls for making India ‘Hindu Rashtra’
PATNA: In a surprising turn of events, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan, known for his criticism of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, has found common ground with the Janata Dal (United) leader on at least one topic. The Lok Sabha MP has expressed his support for the CM’s stand against demands for making India a Hindu nation.
Paswan, who proudly flaunts his Hindu identity by wearing vermillion, kalava and often makes references to Lord Shiva, has followed CM Kumar’s footsteps to denounce controversial Madhya Pradesh preacher Dhirendra Shastri.
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The controversy arose when the Bageshwar Dham priest called for the recognition of India as a Hindu Rashtra (nation). However, chief minister Nitish Kumar swiftly dismissed the demand, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the Indian Constitution and cautioning against stirring up religious sentiments.
Following the suit, Paswan said Shastri is free to express his opinion like any other Indian citizen but emphasized that India can only be best run by the Constitution.
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During an interaction with journalists in Patna, the young leader expressed surprise at the idea of changing the name of the country and stressed the supremacy of the Constitution.
Earlier, Nitish Kumar reiterated that individuals have the right to practice their religion but should refrain from making comments about the practices of other religions. He called for unity and avoiding unnecessary disputes and interference in personal matters.
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“Those who believe in any religion and worship accordingly should be allowed to do so. In this country, as many as seven religions are practiced. Everyone has the right to worship in their own way and work in their own way, and we have no objection to that. But there should be no disputes among ourselves,” the CM had said.
Dhirendra Shastri, who has presided over events to convert people to Hinduism and has often been pampered by BJP leaders, recently concluded his three-day congregation in a remote Patna village. An unexpectedly large number of people at the event forced the organisers to cut short the event by two days. Several BJP leaders, including Union ministers, had attended the gathering and sought the preacher’s blessings.
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