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By Nidharshana | Apr 28, 2020 04:45 PM

After various Indian Politicians claimed the Jamaat incident as “Corona Terrorism”, several incidents followed. Throughout the country, this minority group felt threatened. Even on social media platforms, “CoronaJihad” was the trending hashtag. Adding to this, a BJP MLA at Deoria District, near Lucknow had advised the locals to not purchase vegetables from Muslim vendors. This was followed by a complaint that was raised by the locals saying that the vegetables were contaminated with saliva.

Video: BJP MLA Sparks Controversy against Muslims

"Keep one thing in mind, I am telling everyone openly, no one should purchase vegetables from miyas [Muslims]," Suresh Tiwari was seen telling people, including government officials, in a video that was had gone viral on social media platforms. When Indian Express contacted the legislator from the district's Barhaj constituency, he confirmed that the statement was made last week during the MLA’s visit. Several government officials were present, according to him.

"After hearing the complaints that people of a community were selling vegetables after contaminating them with saliva in an attempt to spread coronavirus disease, I advised them if they have any doubt don’t purchase from them till they are not well. After the situation gets normal then decide what they want," the MLA said, reported Indian Express. The legislator further emphasised that he had given his opinion and that it is up to the people. He added that their opinions were shaped after the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi gave birth to a sprout of new Coronavirus cases.

UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi reacted to Tiwari's statement, by saying that the party does not endorse such statements. He also added that the party would take up the matter and question Tiwari about the circumstances in which he made the remarks.

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