Suresh Tiwari is a Bharatiya Janata Party politician from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He currently represents the Barhaj constituency in UP Legislative Assembly.
In April 2020, he led an online campaign blaming Muslims for spreading Coronavirus. He later recorded a video asking people not to buy vegetables from Muslims.
“Keep one thing in mind. I am telling everyone openly. There is no need to buy vegetables from ‘miyans’ [Muslims],” he said.
While justifying his statement, he said: “On April 18, I was distributing masks among people in Deoria when people complained that Tablighi Jamaat was spreading the infection. Many of them were worried that Muslim vendors were infecting vegetables with saliva.”
“As a responsible MLA, I asked them not to take the law into their hands to deal with the situation but simply stop buying vegetables from them [Muslims]. Tell me what wrong I have done if I have said such things?” he added.