Bhopal: After BJP's Madhya Pradesh MLA Usha Thakur's controversial remarks, another BJP MLA from the state, Rameshwar Sharma, sparked off a fresh controversy by stating that Muslims should taste cow urine or panchgavya (a concoction made of five cow products, namely, milk, ghee, curd, urine and dung) if they want to enter Garba festival.
According to a report in an English daily, Sharma during a meeting with Hindu Utsav Samiti here said that if Muslims want to be a part of Garba festival they should drink cow urine and sing Vande Mataram.
It was also said that the Muslims who want to enter the venue should be accompanied by their female family members as it will ensure they will conduct themselves well and not eye Hindu girls.
Earlier, Usha Thakur had told reporters that organisers of 'garba' should only allow Hindu youths to enter the pandals and that too on production of their voter identity cards.
"It is not appropriate to let those people who do not believe in Hindu religion enter the pandals for 'garba' only for dancing and singing. I have appealed to organisers to allow only Hindu youths in pandals and that too on production of voter identity cards," the 48-year-old legislator said.
Meanwhile, the Congress has condemned the controversial remarks made by the BJP leaders.
(With PTI inputs)