The controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik faced more backlash , as the newly appointed Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the home ministry will analyze and act appropriately on his objectionable speeches. While being asked about the government’s move to ban him in the country, Naidu said that the ministry will probe the matter and act appropriately.
“The kind of language being used by him is objectionable,” Naidu told media persons.
Naik’s speeches are believed to have motivated some militants in Bangladesh to carry out terror attack in the diplomatic zone of Dhaka, last week.
Earlier, a Bangladesh newspaper has reported that the son of an Awami League leader and one of the perpetrators of the last week Dhaka attack, had reportedly said the probing officers that he was inspired by the speeches of Zakir Naik.
Naidu, while condemning the attack happened in Kishoreganj in Dhaka , said that it is the time to contain terrorism.
“Terror is terror it has no religion, it has no region it’s a threat to the humanity. Everyone should take concrete action on this, the entire world should unite together not only to condemn but also to contain terror and this is the need of the hour,” he said.
The BJP leadership has also criticized the senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh after a video of him praising Zakir Naik in an event in 2012 surfaced. Responding to the video, the Congress leader said that if there was any evidence against him, then the Indian and Bangladesh leaders should take actions against him.
“I have appealed for communal harmony and opposed religious fundamentalism and terrorism by either Hindus or Muslims,” the Congress leader added.
Naik’s ‘Islamic Research Foundation’ (IRF), office is now under police security as the controversies over him escalating.