BJP leader Sangeet Som issues call to arms
New Delhi: BJP leader and former MLA Sangeet Som called on Rajputs to take up arms during a Ayudha Puja (worship of weapons) organized by Rajput Utthan Sabha on Vijaya Dashami in Kheda village in Meerut of UP on Wednesday.
Som, who was charged in a case related to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, made veiled references to the minority community and alleged that “anti-national forces” were attacking the country.
“The way the population of a particular community increases, terrorism increases, we talk about separatism, we talk about decapitation. To end all this, in addition to power, weapons will also be needed in the future,” Som said in his speech.
“The Rajput society will have to take up arms again,” said the former BJP MP from Sardhana constituency.
Sangeet Som, senior leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), calls on Hindus to take up arms to attack Muslims.
— American Indian Muslim Council (@IAMCouncil) October 6, 2022
According to the PTI news agency, the BJP leader said that to ensure the progress of a religion, “sacrifice, penance and devotion are necessary”. Som claimed that anti-national forces are attacking the country and therefore the importance of weapons has increased.
He also attempted to communalise the Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, falsely claiming that ‘green flags’ – associated with Islam – were visible during the march in Kerala, but not the national flag.
“The day is not far when green flags will be seen in western Uttar Pradesh so act wisely,” he said.
Som alleged that efforts were made to slander the Rajputs, including “poor” portrayal in films. “The truth is that Lord Ram and Krishna had to be born as Rajputs to come to earth,” he said.
Som was a BJP MP for Sardhana from 2012 to 2022. He lost to Samajwadi party candidate Atul Pradhan in assembly elections held earlier this year.
He was accused of playing a role in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and was also arrested for uploading an inflammatory video to social media. In March 2021, UP’s Special Investigations Team (SIT) filed a closing report in the case against Som. A local court accepted the report as no objections were filed against it. The plaintiff in this case was Inspector Subhodh Kumar Singh, who was killed when far-right groups attacked a police station in Bulandshahr in 2018.
(With PTI inputs)