People can follow whatever religion they like but should not insult other religions: Athawale

Union Minister and BJP ally Ramdas Athawale said on Sunday that although people have a constitutional right to follow the religion they love, they should not defame or insult other religions.

Condemning the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for a controversial religious conversion event, he said the party should be taught a lesson and alleged that its leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had often spoken out against religion Hindu.

”I condemn this incident. Insulting other religions is against the spirit of the Constitution that BR Ambedkar gave us. He envisions harmony among all religions and Ambedkar has always been for that,” Athawale said.

The Republican Party leader noted that he himself was a Buddhist and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi also believed in the philosophy of Buddhism and the ideals espoused by Ambedkar.

After a video clip showing Delhi’s AAP Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam at an event where hundreds of people pledged to convert to Buddhism while denouncing Hindu deities went viral, the BJP targeted the party.

Gautam had noted that the promises made at the event were among the 22 vows administered by Ambedkar when he converted to Buddhism. He then apologized as the BJP was targeting the AAP.

Athawale said, “People have a constitutional right to follow the faith they love, but they must not defame or insult other religions. It’s not good. This is contrary to the spirit of the Constitution. The Constitution given by Ambedkar is for harmony among all religions.” Hindus are like our brothers and it is not proper to speak against their gods, he said, adding that he has always worked to bring together people of different religions.

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