Whisking a secular versus communal contention, Union Minister Uma Bharti has vilified the communal charge against the BJP that often averred by the Opposition parties by saying that they are free to 'go to Pakistan' and live there instead of preaching secularism here in India.
Bharti lashed out at the Opposition for attacking BJP as 'communal' while they speak of 'nationalism', 'Ram' or when they say 'Vande Mataram' or 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'
She said, "In their every speech, you can hear that they are preaching about communalism. They are calling us communal and themselves as non-communal. When we are saying about nationalism, they call us communal. When we speak about Ram, they call us communal. When we sing Vande Mataram , they call us communal. When we say Bharat Mata ki Jai, then they call us communal. They cannot talk about Ram, they cannot talk about bread. They only talk about communalism vs secularism."
The Union Minister further asserted that India is secular and that it does not need a lesson on secularism, and that BJP respects all 'religion and Gods'
She said, "These talks are of no use in our country. India is only a country who followed the principles of secularism. Hence we don't want to learn secularism from anyone. None can preach us about secularism. If anyone wants to give a lecture on secularism then go to Pakistan and give a lecture where minorities are in danger. We respect all religion and all Gods."
Heaping up on the controversy, Bharti went on to say that despite having the 'privilege' to choose during partition, Muslims decided to stay back in India as they trusted the 'Hindus in Hindustan' than the 'Muslims in Pakistan'
She said, "After partition, Muslims had the privilege to decide which side they want to live. But haven't gone to Pakistan. Only a few people went to Pakistan, rest stayed here only."
"They stayed here only because they trust us. Because they had an idea that we might feel insecure standing next to Muslims in Pakistan but we are safe beside Hindu in Hindustan. Hence they stayed here. They stayed here on the assurance of Tilak, Janeu. They had an idea that there will be no better neighbour than a Hindu," she added.
Uma Bharti, however, will not be contesting the Lok Sabha elections 2019, continues to campaign for BJP.