Salman Rushdie’s India visit gets political

Updated: Jan 10, 2012, 14:56 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Salman Rushdie has not even set his foot on Indian soil and his visit has already been marked with various political twists and turns. With Islamic Seminary Darul Uloom Deoband saying that the government should cancel Rushdie’s visa as he had hurt religious sentiments of Muslims in the past, things are getting murkier by the day.

Salman Rushdie, who is all set to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012, has earned the wrath of Muslims worldwide for his controversial works.

Talking to a daily, Congress working committee member Rasheed Masood minced no words when he said that Muslims cannot forgive Rushdie - “In view of the UP assembly election, the entry could generate reaction. The Jaipur programme should be cancelled.”

Meanwhile, BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Rushdie’s arrival during election time was not appropriate and it would be imprudent if the UPA government gave him visa.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Lok Dal legislature party leader Kaukab Hamid said, “Urgent action should be taken to stop Rushdie’s entry”, while Samajwadi Party leader Ahmad Hasan said that Rushdie’s entry should be banned.

Even All India Muslim Personal Law Board general secretary and spokesman Abdur Rahim Quereshi supported the Islamic Seminary’s demand.