The skull cap which is worn by Muslims, has another refusal this year from a JD(U) (Janata Dal (United)) party MLA Bijendra Prasad Yadav. Yadav was a chief guest in a public rally in Bihar’s Katihar district on Sunday. The public rally was named Talimi Bedari, a Muslim leaders’ conference organized by Yadav’s own JD(U) party. The controversy sparked when one of the organizers tried to put a Muslim skull cap on Yadav’s head when Yadav took the skull cap and passed it over to his assistant without wearing it. Many of the Muslim leaders expressed their disappointment by Yadav’s act, quoted ANI.
— ANI (@ANI) September 30, 2018
Bijendra Prasad Yadav is a renowned JD(U) leader and an MLA from Supaul constituency since 1990. He is the third senior most Minister in Nitish Kumar’s cabinet and is currently the Minister of Energy in Bihar cabinet. The Muslim skull cap is one of the topics of controversy when it is offered but refused to be worn by any party leader. It is sometimes linked to vote bank too as it is allegedly worn to please the minority community.
This incident has recalled the 2011 incident at Sadbhavna Fast in Ahmedabad. PM Narendra Modi had stirred a controversy in on the stage of Sadbhavna Fast when he refused to wear a Muslim skull cap offered by a Muslim cleric. The event attracted a lot of spark when the Muslim cleric, Syed Imam Shahi Syed, told media, “Narendra Modi’s refusal to accept the cap is not my insult but an insult of Islam,” The BJP, however, called it a “non-issue” as it stated that their policy is of non-appeasement of any community for vote bank. “Narendra Modi has clearly said that his policy is not of appeasement of a section of society unlike other parties, but our approach is development for all and treating everyone as equal,” said Vijay Ripani, the then BJP spokesperson.