Kolkata: A well-known cleric in Kolkata is being condemned by the BJP for criticizing the demonetization of high value currency note by Narendra Modi government at the center. The ruling party at the Center is seeking his arrest claiming that the Muslim cleric should be arrested for a fatwa against the Prime Minister.
There is no denying that while renowned cleric Syed Mohammad Nurur Rahman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan Masjid criticized the whole notebandi process calling it anti-people, he didn’t issue any fatwa. Instead he didn’t even criticize the PM from inside the mosque where he is an imam but in a press conference.
The state BJP unit that it trying to emerge as the main rival of the Trinamool Congress in the state, immediately went into an overdrive calling it a ‘fatwa’ and demanding the cleric’s arrest immediately.
Syed Mohammad Nurur Rahman Barkati who is the Shahi Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan Masjid criticized the MP Modi accusing him of ‘bluffing’ people through demonetisation, evoking a sharp reaction from the BJP, which demanded his arrest.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh told a news agency “We want him to be arrested and put behind bars. This is not only insult to the Prime Minister but also to the people of this country. We will go for legal action against him ”. BJP state secretary Ritesh Tiwari, had lodged a police complaint in Jorasakho police station and demanded action against him. “I have lodged a police complaint and urged the police authorities to treat it as an FIR. You can’t just say anything you want against the Prime Minister of our country,” Tiwari said.
While addressing a press conference in the state capital Barkati said, “Everyday people are harassed and facing problem due to demonetisation. Modi is bluffing the society and the innocent people of the country through demonetisation and nobody wants him to continue as the Prime Minister.” BJP national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh, who is in-charge of party’s West Bengal affairs, said in Delhi, “We demand that Mamta Banerjee immediately order his arrest. The fatwa against our Prime Minister is highly condemnable. TMC MP Idris Ali was sitting next to him when he issued the fatwa.” By the way the cleric is known for his proximity with the Mamata Banerjee let Trinamool Congress.