Kolkata's Shahi Imam issues fatwa against PM Modi

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Kolkata : A Muslim cleric in Kolkata issued a fatwa, offering a reward of Rs 25 lakh to anyone who will cut off PM Narendra Modi’s beard, shave his head and smear him with black ink. The move comes against the Centre’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque Maulana Nurur Rehman Barkati issued the fatwa, chaired by the ruling Trinamool Congress MP, Idris Ali.

The Shahi Imam asserted, Everyday people in this country are harassed and facing problem due to demonetisation…Modi is bluffing the society and the innocent people of the country through demonetisation and nobody wants him to continue as PM.”

He also said People who keep beard are mostly religious like maulanas, sadhus, sufis, sikh gurus.. But Modi keeping beard is bhondami (bluffing).” He went on to term Modi as “communal”, while positing West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee as the figure of “communal harmony”.

Meanwhile, BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh, condemned the incident and demanded the arrest if the clerk for issuing fatwa against PM Modi.