The BJP on Tuesday served show-cause notice to the MLA who was seen in a video clip suggesting people not to buy vegetables from Muslim vendors. The move came after the viral video sparked a controversy.

Media reports suggested that BJP chief JP Nadda was upset over the comment made by MLA from Barhaj constituency in Deoria district, Suresh Tewari.

Asked about his remark over the phone, Tewari said, “On April 17 or 18, I was distributing masks and sanitizers among the people. When I reached the boundary of the nagar palika, around 17-18 people came to me and started complaining against Tablighi people making a chaos and spreading coronavirus and also contaminating vegetables with their saliva.”

“I told them not to have fight with them or take the law into own hands, but simply to stop purchasing from them,” he said.

“There are many Muslim vendors in Barhaj too and I only advised people not to purchase from them to be saved from the deadly virus,” the MLA added

Meanwhile, UP BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said the party would look into the circumstances in which the MLA issued such the statement.

“At this moment, it is the responsibility of all to act responsibly and work in a manner which encourages unity,” he said.  

Tewari remained defiant on his remarks and refered to AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. 

“(AIMIM chief Asaduddin) Owaisi says objectionable things about Hindus. No one bothers and an MLA just told people in his constituency something for their benefit and so much of an issue has happened,” he told the reporters at his Deoria home.

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