- In recent days, President Macron has called Islam was in crisis.
- After this protest, the politics of the state has also heated up.
- The presence of a Congress MLA along with religious leaders in the protest is giving a political color to the matter.
A protest by Indian Muslims at Bhopal’s Iqbal Maidan against French President Emmanuel Macron has caused a stir in Madhya Pradesh politics. Thousands of Muslims not only protested against France but also set fire to the flag of France during the protest on Thursday.
In recent days, President Macron has called Islam was in crisis. He said after the murder of Samuel Petty, a teacher who showed a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, that he would take strong action against Islamic extremists.
Protests are taking place in many countries of the world after this statement by President Macron. Protests also took place in Bhopal. The Bhopal protest was supported by the city’s Muslim ulema, as well as a Muslim Congress MLA.
The city of Bhopal has been witnessing small-scale protests over the past few days over what the French President has said about Muslims. However, the big protest took place on Thursday. In this protest, people spread posters of Emanuel Macron on the ground so that one could set foot on it.
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After this protest, the politics of the state has also heated up. After BJP leaders objected to it, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, “Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace and strict action will be taken against those who disturb its peace.” He added, “the case is being prosecuted under IPC 188 and no one will be acquitted, whatever it may be.”
The district collector has filed a lawsuit against President Macron and thousands of people for violating Coronavirus guidelines. The protesters are accused of not following the advice given by the Tantra.
BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agarwal said the Congress should clarify whether it was an official demonstration by the party. Agarwal said, “everyone has the right to protest, but it should be done according to the rules and the law. Any protest or demonstration should be followed by the rules.”
Congress has defended the demonstration. Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja said, “the climate in the region is calm. This is an expression of public sentiment. It is a reaction to any action or comment made about a religious leader.”
“This was a peaceful demonstration. No one should be allowed to spoil the atmosphere but this was peaceful. Everyone has the right to protest in a democracy and there was no chaos in this demonstration,” he said.
However, the presence of a Congress MLA along with religious leaders in the protest is giving a political color to the matter.
“The Indian government should call the French ambassador to discuss the President’s statement, taking into account the sentiments of Muslims,” Masood said.
Arif Masood asks, “is there any chaos in Bhopal after this protest?” He said:
“Twenty-five thousand people gathered. They spoke peacefully and left. What could be more peaceful than this. Don’t we even talk about our rights and justice? There should be a tweet on the election rallies that are gathering crowds.”
“It is very unfortunate that the President of France, Macron, aired cartoons depicting Islam and the leader of Islam, the Prophet, and deliberately tried to hurt the faith of Muslims,” the draft said. “The president of France has no understanding of Islam and yet he has hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world by attacking Islam.”
Qazi Syed Mushtaq Ali Nadvi of Bhopal said, “Prophet of Islam has conveyed the message of peace and brotherhood to the world. The insolence of the President of France is unbearable for any Muslim.”