Affirming her stance on religious inclusivity, newly-elected Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan, on Thursday, has said all religions speak of unity and peace adding that she believes in celebrating all festivals together, as she visited the ISKCON temple at Kolkata on the occasion of the Jagannath Rath Yatra which is currently held at Puri, along with other Trinamool leaders and party chief Mamata Banerjee.
"Whichever religion we belong to, we always celebrate all festivals together. It speaks of unity and peace. I am very glad that we are here," she said.
The West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited the ISKCON temple and raised slogans of 'Jai Jagannath' at a rally. Ironically she has raised issues against the BJP for 'making Jai Shri ram' as their political slogan.
Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan, who recently married businessman Nikhil Jain in Turkey in June, took oath into parliament wearing a sindoor and bangles, which raised major controversy. A city-based Muslim cleric criticised Jahan for marrying a Jain and wearing sindoor, calling the practices un-Islamic.
"Islam says a Muslim can marry only a Muslim. I have got to know that Nusrat is a film actor and people in the cinema do not care about religious practices. They do what they have to," said Mufti Asad Quasmi of Madrasa Jamia Sheikh-ul-Hind.
On the other hand, Sadhvi Prachi slammed the cleric for his statement and hailed the lawmaker, welcoming her into her "community".
"This is a good thing. A woman like Nusrat shall come into our community because their future is secure in our religion. She understands that the Hindu religion respects women," she told media in Muzaffarnagar.
Jahan was seen sporting 'sindoor' that is traditionally worn by Hindu and Jain women and pink and white saree during her oath-taking in Parliament on June 25. She also wore bangles and had her hands covered in beautiful curls and swirls of henna designs. The TMC lawmaker had touched the feet of Speaker Om Birla and sought his blessings.