Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “Dhritarashtra” and said he can’t stop Muslims if they hit the streets.

New Delhi: Congress leader and Islamic cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan sparked a fresh row comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘Dhritarashtra’.

The controversial cleric sought PM Modi’s reaction to New Delhi’s Jahangirpuri demolition drive and said if he remains deaf and blind to the atrocities committed against Muslims like Dhritarashtra then no one can stop another ‘Mahabharat’ from happening in India. Going a step ahead, he issued an open threat saying if Muslims hit the streets then nobody can stop them.The Islamic cleric had called PM Modi and Amit Shah ‘terrorists’ before Tauqeer Raza Khan, who was earlier, booked for derogatory comments against PM Modi and issuing threats against the Hindu community had joined Congress before the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. During the anti-CAA protests, the radical Islamic cleric had made controversial statements against PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah calling them “terrorists”. He also made controversial and indecent remarks against Yogi Adityanath after which he was booked by the UP Police under IPC 304, 305 and 153-K. Tauqeer Raza Khan is a religious leader of the Bareilvi sect of Sunni Muslims and the founder of the political party Ittehad-e-Millat Council.

He is a great-grandson of Ahmed Raza Khan, the founder of the Barelvi movement.North Delhi mayor had called demolition drive ‘routine exercise’ An anti-encroachment drive was conducted by the North MCD in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area on Wednesday. While NDMC termed it a routine exercise, opposition parties slammed the BJP accusing it of going after the poor and the downtrodden from the minority community. Today, the Supreme Court ordered that the status quo shall be maintained for another two weeks on the demolition drive with a Bench comprising of Justice L Nageshwar Rao and Justice BR Gavai also issuing notice to NDMC and others, asking them to file a reply on the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s petition against the drive in Jahangirpuri. The encroachment removal action programme was started after the area witnessed violence on April 16 during a Hanuman Jayanti procession. Shape Your Aspirations to Action at the India Economic Conclave on 21, 22 April.