Gujarat minister beats himself with chains in religious program, Congress calls it superstition
Ahmedabad: Gujarat minister Arvind Raiyani was embroiled in a controversy on Friday after a video went viral on social media. In this video, he is seen beating himself with metal chains during a religious program. On this, the opposition Congress has accused the minister of promoting superstition by such acts.
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difference between faith and superstition
Raiyani and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party rejected the claims of the Congress, saying there was a difference between faith and superstition. In the video, the Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Tourism is seen beating himself with chains. In a conversation with the media, Raiyani said, a religious program to offer prayers to his paternal deity was organized in his native village in Rajkot district on Thursday.
worshiping their deity
The minister said, I have been a great devotee of my deity since childhood. My family keeps organizing such religious programs in the native village. You can’t call it (my act) just superstition, we are only worshiping our clan deity.
Congress called it superstition
Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi has pulled up the BJP leader for spreading superstition. The convict said, despite being a minister, Raiyani did the work of spreading superstition by doing unscientific acts. He was spreading superstition like an exorcist, it is unfortunate that such people are working as ministers of Gujarat government.
BJP defends the minister
Defending his minister, Gujarat BJP spokesperson Yagnesh Dave said that the Congress needs to understand the difference between faith and superstition. Dave said, it is a matter of one’s personal religious belief. There is a very fine line between faith and superstition. Every person worships his deity in a different way. Traditional rituals cannot be called superstitions. Congress should desist from hurting religious faith.