This BJP leader appealed to the government to boycott the FIFA World Cup, accused of giving platform to terrorism

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Demand for boycott of FIFA World Cup
BJP leader made this appeal to the Government of India

Panaji: Savio Rodrigues, spokesperson of the Goa unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has appealed to the central government and the Indian Football Association to boycott the FIFA World Cup. Rodrigues made this request amid reports of Qatar inviting controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, declared a fugitive from India, to the FIFA World Cup. Naik reportedly left India in 2016 for Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency. India has requested the Malaysian government for his extradition.

Rodrigues said in a statement on Tuesday, “Zakir Naik is a wanted person under Indian law. There are serious allegations against him like involvement in money laundering activities and giving hate speech. He said that Zakir Naik is a sympathizer of terrorists. In fact he himself is no less than a terrorist. It has openly supported terrorist Osama bin Laden and has played a key role in spreading Islamic fundamentalism and hatred in India.

Demand to boycott FIFA World Cup
The BJP spokesperson urged the central government, Football Association of India, Indians living in Qatar and football lovers planning to travel to the Arab country for the FIFA World Cup to boycott the sporting event. He said that FIFA World Cup is a global event and a large number of people from all over the world come to enjoy this spectacular sporting event. While crores of viewers watch the match on television and internet. Rodrigues claimed that at a time when the world is fighting global terrorism, giving a platform to Naik is tantamount to giving a platform to a terrorist to spread bigotry and hatred.

He said that not only the people of India, but also the people of other countries suffering from terrorism should boycott the FIFA World Cup to show solidarity towards the global fight against terrorism. Britain and Canada have also banned Naik for giving hate speeches against other religions. He is among the 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.

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