The Samajwadi Party(SP) demanded that Katheria should be sacked, alleging that his remarks were "anti-national" while Congress alleged it showed that BJP and RSS resorted to divisive agenda, especially ahead of elections. Asaduddin Owaisi, leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, said the real agenda of the NDA government is being "exposed".

As a group of social activists held a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the alleged hate speeches of Katheria and fellow BJP MP Babu Lal, the junior HRD Minister claimed he did not name any community at the Sunday meeting. Lal remained unapologetic and said Hindus cannot watch silently when they are being targeted.

"What has been published in one of the newspapers is false. I had not taken the name of any community. I had said that the culprits, who had murdered the VHP leader, should be given death sentence. I had also said that the Hindu community should unite for their safety," Katheria cited.

"I never said anything against anyone at that meeting," Katheria told reporters. Katheria also ticked off saffron leader Sadhvi Prachi for her alleged inflammatory remarks at the meeting, saying she should not have made such comments.

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