Congress leader Digvijaya Singh earlier in the day invited a new controversy upon himself after he posted a video on his official social media handle of hate preacher Zakir Naik. In the video, the hate preacher claims to have heard from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah's representatives who asked him to support the government over the abrogation of Article 370. Hours after Digvijaya Singh tweeted out the controversial video, now, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav has echoed Congress' words and went on to address Fugitive Zakir Naik as 'Zakir Ji'.
In his statement given to a news agency, Tejashwi said, "Whatever video he has released, it is important to know that these people who have sent an invitation to call for 'Zakir Naik Ji', these are the same people who until a few days ago, called Zakir Naik to be a traitor, instigator, and almost whatnot. The same people should today answer on why were they abusing Naik a few days ago and are now sending a delegation to call him back."
RJD's 'Zakir Naik Ji' is not the first time that the opposition has addressed the hate-preacher with a title or honourary respect. Congress leader Digvijay Singh has also referred to Zakir Naik as Dr. Zakir Naik in the past.
The Congress party has time and again set classic examples of referring to terrorists with respect. Some of the examples include, 'Shri Hafiz Saeed', 'Osama-Ji', and Afzal Guru-ji.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Digvijaya Singh shared a video and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah of engaging in a deal-making process with hate-preacher Zakir Naik.
Dr. Zakir Naik के खुलासे से हड़कंप, Modi के ऑफर को ठुकराया https://t.co/tG0mHoWmRs via @YouTube— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) January 15, 2020
ज़रूर देखें डॉ ज़ाकिर नाइक जिसे मोदी शाह “देश द्रोही” की श्रेणी में रखे हुए हैं उनके साथ भी मोदी शाह सौदे बाज़ी में लगे थे। उनकी strategy क्या है?
However, when confronted on the BJP claiming Naik enjoyed support from Congress, Digvijaya Singh backtracked and said Congress never "officially" supported 'Dr. Zakir Naik'.