Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said the remark made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar about ‘namaz’ (prayer) showed that the BJP was trying to communalise the atmosphere in the country.
“India was a Republic governed by a Constitution and neither Mr. Khattar nor anyone else had the right to dictate to people on where they should or should not hold prayers,” said Capt. Singh here.
“The BJP seemed to be out to polarise the society on religious lines to garner votes,” he said.
Mr. Khattar had on Sunday said ‘namaz’ should be offered in mosques or Eidgahs instead of public places.
Reacting to the transfer of Kathua rape-murder case to Pathankot, on the direction of the Supreme Court, Capt. Singh said his government would ensure full security for the victim’s family, lawyer and others during the trial. “Our government was committed to upholding the judicial process as per the apex court’s directives,” he said.