Zakir Naik a messenger of peace; BJP relating Islam to terrorism: Digvijaya Singh

Pune: Calling controversial preacher Zakir Naik a "messenger of peace" who is propagating the "right meaning and objective" of Islam, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh today accused the BJP of "relating" Islam to terrorism.

Singh said if Naik is accused of delivering inflammatory sermons then why no action was taken against the BJP leaders like Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath, Sadhvi Prachi for "inciting sentiments".

Naik, a Mumbai-based tele-evangelist who runs Peace TV network to propagate Islam, has been under the scanner of various gencies after at least one of the attackers on a Dhaka eatery had posted that he was inspired by Naik's sermons.

"I was invited for the peace conference in 2012 where I shared dais with Dr Naik. His entire speech was based on communal harmony and how Islam is against terrorism and (he) delivered a message of peace.

"By propagating the right meaning and objective of Islam to the people, Dr Naik is working as a messenger of peace and it is the BJP which is actually relating Islam to terrorism," the AICC general secretary said.

Singh, who was returning from after visiting famous Lord Vitthal temple in Pandharpur, addressed the reporters here before heading to New Delhi.