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Muslims should ‘bow to Indian culture’; Ram, Krishna, Shiva were their ancestors: UP minister

Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Swaroop Shukla has said that lord Ram, Krishna, and Shiva were the ancestors of Indian Muslims and they should “bow to the land and culture of India”.

In provocative remarks in UP’s Ballia, the minister of state for parliamentary affairs also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have “raised the flag of Hindutva and Indian culture” and defeated the mindset which “intended to create an Islamic State”.

“The ancestors of the Muslims of India are Lord Ram, Krishna and Shankar (Shiva). They do not need to see the land of Kaaba. These people should bow to the land and culture of India, ” Shukla said while presenting the account of the Adityanath government’s work during the last four-and-a-half-years.

Referring to controversial posters put up in Sambhal recently, Shukla said they were the outcome of Samajwadi Party’s “support to Islamic terrorists” and its MP Shaifur Rehman Barq’s statement “supporting the Taliban”.

Posters calling Sambhal the land of the “ghazis”, an apparent reference to Islamic warriors, had come up ahead of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s meeting there earlier this week.

The BJP had strongly objected to the posters, after which they were removed by workers of the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

Shukla said ghazis have been completely eradicated from Uttar Pradesh. Such powers will not be able to raise their heads in future, he said.

Attacking Owaisi, Shukla said his ancestors wanted to make Hyderabad a separate nation but could not succeed.