Delhi BJP Secy calls Tabligh Corona patients “anti-nationals”, “sanitises” quarantine centre area with “Gangajal”
Vikram Bidhuri, the nephew of two-time South Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri, embarked on a drive to “purify” the locality where Tabligh workers have been quarantined. Despite BJP chief JP Nadda’s instructions to the party workers to not create any “division” over the Covid-19 outbreak, Bidhuri calls Tabligh workers “anti-nationals”.
Despite Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda’s clear message “not to communalise the Coronavirus outbreak”, such attempts are yet to come to a halt. The latest entrant is Delhi BJP secretary, Vikram Bidhuri.
Bidhuri carried out a sanitization program in South Delhi’s Tughlaqabad Railway Colony today. Tablighi Jamaat workers – who were evacuated from the Nizamuddin Markaz – were kept in a government quarantine facility in the area.
The Delhi BJP secretary along with his workers not only sanitised the area but also sprinkled Gangajal (water of the river Ganga) to “purify” the locality. Bidhuri, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2015 and 2020 Delhi assembly elections, called the Tablighi workers “anti-nationals”.
In a Facebook post, he had claimed that the area where the quarantine facility is located had become “impure” because of Jamaat workers.
When contacted, the BJP leader told Asiaville, “After they (Tabligh workers) were brought into the Railway colony (quarantine centre) their behaviour has been offensive. They tried to spit in the lanes of the colony inorder to spread the Corona. They misbehaved with women medical staff.”
When asked why he sprinkled Gangajal during the sanitisation drive, “In Hindu religion, Gangajal is considered sacred. Hence, we used it to purify the colony which was contaminated by the Tabligh workers.”
He had no qualms in saying “one should practice untouchability with such anti-nationals” while justifying the use of Gangajal for “purification purpose.”
Vikram Bidhuri is the nephew of two-time South Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri. He further claimed that the Tabligh workers were deliberately trying to spread Coronavirus across the country. “They are anti-nationals and against humanity,” Bidhuri said.
When asked on which basis he was making such claims, Bidhuri retorted saying, “those who are trying to spread Corona and are spitting on others, aren’t they anti-nationals? Jamaat workers have tried to molest the nurses – who are risking their own lives to save Corona patients. They have misbehaved with the police. If such people would step into our colony, won’t they make it impure as well?”
Several media houses have reported instances of alleged misconduct and foul behaviour by the Tabligh Corona positive patients and those quarantined. The Uttar Pradesh government has pressed the National Security Act (NSA) against Tabligh workers, quarantined at a Ghaziabad hospital, for allegedly passing lewd comments on the nurses. Bidhuri based his accusations on such media reports.
But why call them “anti-nationals”? Bidhuri replied, “because they are deliberately spreading the disease.” Despite a reminder that there is no evidence to back such bizarre allegations against the Tabligh workers, atleast so far, the BJP leader responded, “Tabligh workers are not patients rather they are anti-nationals”.
In a 36-hour long drive, Delhi police and the healthcare staff had evacuated 2,361 Islamic preachers including foreign nationals from the Tabligh’s international headquarters – Markaz. Roughly forty percent of them had Coronavirus symptoms and were hospitalised and the rest were quarantined. In the wake of this evacuation process, several BJP leaders including the BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya had tried to attack the entire Muslim community over the Tabligh’s irresponsible act. The social media platforms were flooded with hashtags such as “CoronaJihad” and “Markaz Conspiracy”.
In the wake of such divisive campaigns, the BJP president JP Nadda had cautioned the party leaders not to communalise the issue and neither try to create a “division” over the Covid-19 outbreak. When reminded of Nadda’s instructions, the Delhi BJP secretary told Asiaville, “I have not communalised the issue. My comments are not targeted at Muslims rather it is against anti-nationals”.