Bharatiya Janata Party MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir defends his statement condemning an alleged attack on a Muslim man in Gurugram on Saturday. The cricketer-turned-politician had termed the incident “deplorable” on Monday. But, a section of BJP leaders expressed reservation over his tweet, saying the young leader’s words could be used against the BJP.
On Monday, Gambhir had called the alleged attack deplorable and sought exemplary action from Haryana authorities. Mohammad Barkat was allegedly beaten up by a group of men at Jacubpura in Gurugram. The 25-year-old was returning to his shop after offering prayers when the group accosted him. Barkat alleged that the men threatened to feed him pork when he refused to listen to them. However, an FIR has been under sections 153, 147, 149, 323 and 506 has been registered in the case.
Meanwhile, Gambhir’s tweet generated more than 4,500 comments. Many asked him why he was “being selective” by responding to an attack on a member from a minority community.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari condemned the incident but added that people should be cautious while reacting to such reports. He claimed that some people, as part of a conspiracy, triggered such incidents in order to spread rumours and with a design to instill a sense of fear among Muslims.
A senior BJP leader reacted strongly to Gautam Gambhir’s tweet and said: “Gambhir is no longer a cricketer and he should realise that his words and actions will be seen through the prism of politics”.