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Vinod Bansal is a Hindu extremist and the current spokesperson of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
Bansal is an Islamophobe and one among the prominent supporters of love jihad laws, population control laws, uniform civil code, and strict foreign fund laws for nonprofits, only to target Muslim and Christian minorities. Over the years, he has been pushing the false claims of a vast Muslim conspiracy to turn India into an Islamic state.
“A conspiracy is on under which a Muslim youth in a pre-planned manner traps a Hindu girl and then converts her to his religion by taking undue advantage of her innocence,” he said.
In December 2018, Bansal called for banning Muslims from praying in the open space calling it a ploy for “land jihad.”
“The grabbing of land starts from offering namaz at a particular place, then constructing temporary structure there which finally results into constructing a Mosque, later on,” he told Times Now.
In September 2019, Bansal called for banning the attendance of Muslims in Hindu religious gatherings.
“Non-believers coming to religious gatherings is not right. Such people, when coming to religious gatherings, come with an aim to cause disruption. Identification should also be done for security reasons,” Bansal told ANI.
In December 2019, he called for excluding Muslims from the list of minorities.
“Is the second largest community of the country justified to be called a minority community of the country? Why it should not be excluded from the list of minorities?” he said.
In April 2020, Bansal made various statements to the media, blaming the spread of COVID19 on Muslim minorities.
“After the hard work and achievements of the pan-India lockdown, the whole country was taking a sigh of relief, but due to the Tablighi Jamaat, the possibilities of community transmission of the fatal virus had increased,” he said.
Like other Sangh leaders, Bansal believes that most of the Muslims in India are originally Hindus.
“Muslims were originally Hindus… They have the same ancestors… No matter what, we will keep welcoming Muslims to Hinduism. There are followers of Islam who spread communalism… We can’t tolerate such people. These Islamists are not welcome in the country. Our struggle is against such communal-minded elements”, he said.
VHP was designated as a militant religious organization by the World Factbook of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). VHP is an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a far-right Hindu nationalist organization formed in 1925 along the lines of hardline nationalist groups in Europe, which aims to create an ethnic Hindu-majority state in India. For decades, VHP has campaigned to turn India into a Hindu nation and stands accused of orchestrating numerous attacks on Muslims and Christians in hundreds of riots in various parts of the country.