Kolkata: “I am firm believer of Islam and respect all religions,” Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan said on Thursday, hitting back at those who criticised her participating in a Rath yatra event organised by Iskcon in Kolkata.
Nusrat Jahan has been in the eye of a storm ever since she was seen in Parliament wearing mangalsutra and sindoor this was just days after she married businessman Nikhil Jain in Turkey.
Nusrat, an actress by profession, is being seen in some quarters as part of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s ploy to reach out to Hindus. On Thursday, she attended the inauguration ceremony of the Kolkata Iskcon Rath yatra. The 48th edition of the Rath yatra organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) since 1971, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
ISKCON had invited Nusrat Jahan for the ceremony, saying that her stand on religion and inclusiveness is “in sync” with the Iskcon’s spirit of “social harmony”.
“Nusarat Jahan represents new India… an all inclusive India. Respect for others religious beliefs and participation in their festivities will make India great again. This is what India stands for and youth like Nusarat Jahan are showing the path forward,” an Iskcon spokesperson had said.
Later, Nusrat posted a video thanking Iskcon for inviting her to the inauguration. She also commented on the controversy around her attire in Parliament. “… I still remain a Muslim… And none should comment on what I choose to wear… Faith is beyond attire.”