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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Last Muslim lawmaker leaves India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party



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The final remaining Muslim lawmaker in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Social gathering has resigned, leaving the social gathering with out a single consultant from the minority group amongst its 395 members of parliament.

Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi resigned on Wednesday, someday earlier than his time period was anticipated to come back to an finish. The Indian parliament has practically 800 lawmakers in whole.

“My work within the Rajya Sabha (higher home of parliament) is over, however my political and social work won’t ever be over,” Naqvi told native information channel NDTV Thursday, with out offering particulars over why he is not going to be searching for reelection.

Naqvi’s resignation comes at a unstable time for India’s Hindu and Muslim communities. Spiritual tensions have been flaring in current weeks, following feedback by the now suspended BJP spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, in regards to the Prophet Mohammed broadly condemned as Islamophobic.

Violent and deadly clashes have since damaged out in components of the nation between Hindus and Muslims – who respectively make up about 80% and 14% of the nation’s 1.3 billion inhabitants.

Tensions reached a boiling level final week following the brutal killing of a Hindu tailor, allegedly by two Muslim males.

With about 200 million Muslims in India, the nation is dwelling to the third-largest Muslim inhabitants on this planet, following Indonesia and Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP swept to energy in 2014 promising financial reform and improvement, however critics feared his rise might sign an ideological shift ​away from the nation’s secular ​political underpinnings to these of a Hindu-nationalist state.

The BJP has its roots within the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a right-wing Hindu group that counts Modi amongst its members, and adheres to Hindutva ideology which seeks to outline Indian tradition in accordance with Hindu values.

Since then, the ruling social gathering has been repeatedly accused by rights teams, activists and opposition events of stirring anti-Muslim sentiment.

Over the past eight years, a number of BJP-run states have imposed new legal guidelines that critics say are rooted in Hindutva ideology. On the similar time, reviews of violence and hate-speech in opposition to Muslims have made headlines throughout the nation.

Among the most controversial new laws are within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, dominated by Hindu monk-turned-politician Yogi Adityanath. The state has launched legal guidelines to guard cows, an animal thought-about sacred to Hindus, from slaughter, and made it more and more tough to move cattle. It has additionally launched an anti-conversion invoice, which makes it tougher for interfaith {couples} to marry or for individuals to transform to Islam or Christianity.

Earlier this yr, the BJP-ruled southern state of Karnataka banned Muslim women from sporting ​non secular headscarves in lecture rooms, prompting a number of to problem the choice within the ​state’s high courtroom – a battle they in the end misplaced.

Final month, India scrambled to contain the diplomatic fallout as at the least 15 Muslim-majority nations condemned Sharma’s remarks in regards to the Prophet Mohammed. The incident sparked uproar amongst India’s key Arab buying and selling companions and calls from across the Gulf to boycott Indian items.

In response, the BJP mentioned on its web site that the social gathering revered all religions.

“The BJP strongly denounces insult of any non secular personalities of any faith,” it mentioned.