New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday said the Karnataka High Court order on the use of loudspeakers in religious institutions should be followed by every community. Speaking to ANI, Kharge said, “Everyone should follow the orders of the High Court.” The Congress leader said the central and state governments should “keep things under control” and “take everyone along”.

“Everyone should follow the HC order, but it is terrible if such issues (Azaan issue) are brought up only for the political purpose of polarization while creating communal rift in the society. It will be socially and economically unfavourable. So the central and state governments should keep things under control and take everyone along.” Asked about al-Qaeda’s video on the hijab controversy, the Congress Rajya Sabha MP said the government should take action against those trying to incite to the best of its power.

He said, ‘If someone does wrong, people don’t support him. If someone tries to provoke you, you should act according to your strength. Earlier yesterday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that al-Qaeda will never understand the importance of wearing uniforms in educational institutions. “If you wear a hijab, I will wear something else (it will become an afterthought), then schools and colleges will become a platform for religious clothing and display of religious behavior. So, how then can schools and colleges continue (with the permission of the hijab)? Hence the word Vardi came so that there is no difference between Hindus and Muslims. There is no difference between the poor and the rich,” the chief minister said.

“Al-Qaeda will never understand but I am sure Indian Muslims will understand that we have to wear uniforms. Once you finish school and college, you go back to your home and wear whatever you want to. I am sure Indian Muslims are with the judiciary.” In a video, Zawahiri praised student Muskan Khan for standing up to defend the headscarf.