Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Jan 2 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vikram Saini on Tuesday denied having given any provocative statement that might hurt religious sentiments.Also Read - Bihar, Jharkhand, UP Poorest States In India: NITI Aayog's Poverty Index

Saini was, earlier in the day, reported to have said that India was a land of and for the Hindus. Also Read - New Covid Variant: Uttar Pradesh Sounds Alert, Issues Fresh Guidelines For Foreign Returnees | Deets Inside

“I have not said anything like this. Those Muslims who are living here are safe and secure. They are the example of patriotism. They should not restrain themselves from saying ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’,” Saini clarified. Also Read - Mathura Girl Raped in Moving Car on Way Back From Agra; 1 Arrested, Another Absconding

Saini, a legislator of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, sparked a controversy while speaking at a function in Muzaffarnagar, when he reportedly said, “Main kattar Hinduwadi hoon. Hamaare desh ka naam Hindustan hai. Yeh Hinduon ka desh hai. Aaj bina jaati bhed ke sabko samaan roop se laabh milta hai. [I’m a hardcore believer in Hindutva. Our nation is called Hindustan, which means a nation for the Hindus. Today, everyone gets benefits without any discrimination].”

For the unversed, Muzaffarnagar was the epicentre of riots in 2013 that claimed more than 60 lives.

Saini, last year, had threatened to “break the limbs” of those killing cows. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.