Politicians must refrain from commenting on religion: Congress

| Updated: May 01, 2017 09:49 IST

New Delhi [India] May 1 (ANI): Disagreeing with Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu's opinion on the issue of triple talaq, the Congress on Monday said that politicians must keep away from commenting on such sensitive issues. "When politicians try to become social reformers and when the credibility of the politician is at the lowest ebb, politicians across the boards must keep away making comments on sensitive issues of religion," Congress leader Tom Vadakkan told ANI. He added that the Supreme Court has the control over the matter and social workers should enter the stage, talk to the community and the sensitivity of the issue must be seized. "It is in this context that the politicians should keep away from politicizing an issue. This is to be decided by the community, by the stake holders and the judiciary which is completely involved in looking at the matter very closely," Vadakkan asserted. Meanwhile, another Congress leader Raj Babbar said that Naidu needs to listen to what Prime Minister Narendra Modi says. "Prime Minister Modi never said to follow Shariat instead he had suggested to let the community decide on the matter. Naidu needs to understand this," he added. Naidu while re-iterating Prime Minister Modi's appeal to not politicise the issue of triple talaq yesterday asserted that the controversial practice had no sanction in Shariat. "Triple talaq is a matter of right of equality and right of women to live with dignity. It should not be politicised. I appeal to all political parties to take a resolve to put an end to negative politics," he said, while addressing a press conference in Hyderabad. Prime Minister Modi earlier on Saturday appealed to the Muslim community to find for proper solution to end the practice of triple talaq. Addressing the Basva festival, he told the media, "I believe people from Muslim community would come up to solve the issue of triple talaq and act as savior to the Muslim women in this crucial period." He further went on to say that there should be no discrimination in the country, adding that ' Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' was the motto of his government and it would fulfill the promises made to the people without any discrimination. (ANI)