Raj Thackeray, the chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), came out in support of suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who sparked a controversy with her remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, and questioned why no action was taken against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi for his alleged derogatory remarks.
Thackeray chastised Akbaruddin Owaisi for allegedly insulting Hindu gods and goddesses.
Addressing the MNS party meeting, Thackeray said, “When Nupur Sharma spoke (on Prophet Muhammad), she was made to apologize publically… One can watch Zakir Naik’s interview, he is a Muslim and he said the same thing. Nobody said anything against him, he was not asked to apologize.”
“Those two Owaisi brothers…One of the two Owaisi brothers (Akbaruddin Owaisi) speaks about our (Hindu) gods. And what was his last sentence? ‘What ‘manhoos’ (wretched) names they have for their gods’. Are the names of our Gods wretched?…Nobody is going to ask him to apologize for this,” stated the MNS president.
Suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma’s provocative statements on Prophet Mohammad sparked widespread violence across the country, drawing censure from various Gulf countries.