AAP Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam resigns days after uproar over attending ‘Conversion’ event

Delhi Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam resigned on Sunday.  (Image: ANI)

Delhi Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam resigned on Sunday. (Image: ANI)

The AAP minister attended an event where 10,000 Hindus embraced Buddhism and took an oath, allegedly boycotting several Hindu gods

Delhi’s AAP Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam resigned on Sunday over his “controversial” remarks at a Buddhist event he attended on October 5. At the event in Delhi, 10,000 Hindus embraced Buddhism.

“I’ve never hurt anyone’s feelings. The AAP has always stood up for the people. I have submitted my resignation. There is no pressure from the party. The CM (Arvind Kejriwal) is in Gujarat and I have written a resignation letter. I am a patriot and follow the path of Baba Ambedkar,” Gautam told the news outlet ANI.

He added: “Kejriwal has always supported me and my party had nothing to do with the incident. It was a personal visit. The BJP has blamed my party and Arvind Kejriwal; I was injured and that’s why I quit. I’m not afraid of them (the BJP), they can murder me tomorrow. I receive threats.”

Gautam attended an event where people took an oath allegedly boycotting several Hindu gods. Angered by the oath at the event, where the minister was among thousands reciting BR Ambedkar’s 22 vows that denounced Hindu gods and Brahmanic traditions, anti-AAP protesters even tore down Kejriwal’s posters in Gujarat. The BJP also called for the minister’s resignation.

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