Sidhu aide Mohammad Mustafa denies making communal remarks, says, “I was instigated”

New Delhi: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s aide Mohammad Mustafa clarifies that there was no communal angle, in his speech. His speech has led to an FIR filed against him. 

Mustafa, a former director-general of police and the husband of Punjab minister Razia Sultana, was booked under UPC section 153A for allegedly making a provocative speech in Malerkotla on January 20.

While interacting with India Today, he said that it was an outburst and he was “instigated”.

“I was instigated. I am not anti-Hindu. I am anti-hooliganism,” he said.

At a public meeting in Malerkotla on Thursday night, Mohammad Mustafa was asked about a public meeting of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) underway nearby. He responded by saying, “I am not an agent of the RSS like them [AAP]. If I have my way, I will not allow them to conduct even one public meeting.”

Mustafa told India Today that by saying “Ghar main ghuske maroonga” (will beat you inside your home), he meant “Ghar main ghoos ke jhadoo se maroonga” (will beat you with a broom). He said while he regrets the choice of words, there was no Hindu-Muslim angle as is being made out.

“I never used the word Hindu. There was no Hindu jalsa or gathering. This was an outburst,” he said.

In his remark where he said he was a “quasi fauji” (community soldier), Mustafa said he meant a “nationalistic soldier”.

Mustafa’s wife Razia Sultana, who is contesting from Malerkotla on a Congress ticket, said she was not disturbed. “There is a difference between what is being said and shown. The facts are being twisted,” she said.

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