New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan on Monday said ‘love’ and ‘jihad’ don’t go hand-in-hand and that just before polls, people come up with topics like this. She further requested not to make religion a political tool. Also Read - From West to East: Maharashtra’s Ruling Shiv Sena to Contest West Bengal Polls This Year
Addressing a press conference, the Lok Sabha MP said, “Love is very personal. Love and jihad don’t go hand-in-hand. Just before polls, people come up with topics like this. It is a personal choice who you want to be with. Be in love and start falling in love with each other. Don’t make religion a political tool.” Also Read - Shatabdi Roy Meets Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Says She Is Not Leaving TMC
Jahan herself is married into a Hindu family and has reportedly called it an unfortunate invasion into someone’s private life. Also Read - Subhra Kundu, Wife of Rose Valley Group Chief Gautam Kundu, Arrested By CBI
Jahan’s comments came at a time when a lot of rhetoric have been going on in the country regarding the introduction of a new ‘love jihad law’ to check the abuse in marriages between Muslim men and non-Muslim women. As many as five BJP-ruled states– Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka and Assam have stated their intention to bring legislation on this.