BJP leader in Gujarat sparks controversy for comparing Modi with Prophet

By Staff Reporter,

Vadodra: A BJP leader in Gujarat’s Anand district sparked controversy last week for his Facebook post where he compared the Gujarat chief minister Narednra Modi with Prophet Muhamamd.

Dushyant Patel, former president of Borsad municipality in Anand, posted on his Facebook profile a poem in Hindi on the night of February 10 (Monday), where he compared the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate with the Prophet.

In the poem word “Rasool” (Prophet) was used to describe Modi. The poem in Hindi reads, “Azan me Modi, Quran me Modi, Namaz me Modi, ab to maan lo Rasool hai Modi” (Modi is in Azan, Quran, Namaz and now must believe that Modi is Rasool).

Local activist Zuber Gopalani told TCN that as the local police station did not act on their complaint, accompanied by some local Muslim leaders, they approached the Anand superintendent of police, who told them to give complaint in writing. The written complaint was filed on Tuesday.

The complainant says that it clearly hurts the sentiments of the Muslims in comparing the pious Prophet of Islam with the Gujarat CM. The complaint filed to the police says, “The accused has used computer internet to promote, circulate, publish and communicate the said illegal article.”

The complaint further reads, “Such an illegal act is done by the accused persons consciously, voluntarily, knowingly & malignantly to provoke riot between the Muslim & Hindu community; the illegal act of the accused is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between the two community and the illegal act of the accused can disturb the peace & public tranquility.”

When police began the investigation, it was found that Patel was in Mumbai. On phone he apparently denied posting any such poem.

After Patel came back to Borsad, police took him in custody on February 17 (Monday) and produced him in a local court, where he got a conditional bail. The accused has assured cooperation in the investigation, assured to not put any kind of undue pressure on the witnesses and has been asked by the court to not leave the country.