BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar said, "though Hussain was controversial, he was after all an Indian and so his last rites should be allowed in India in the manner his family and friends want."
MNS chief Raj Thackeray also voiced for the BJP's demand. Thackeray said, "Hussain's Family should be allowed India burial.Husain was a national asset and his contribution to the field of Indian art can never be overlooked. Whatever controversies happened should be laid to rest with his passing and if his family wishes to bring back the mortal remains home, it should be allowed."
Hussain died at the Royal Brompton hospital in London on Thursday at 2:30am. 95-year-old Hussain was on a self-imposed exile and living in Qatar. He died of lung congestion.
Controversies started when Hussain, despite several dire warnings, continued to depict nude Hindu deities or Hindu Gods in sexual union. Hussain always claimed that no one can bind art in a certain limit. Freedom of expression always acquired a place in Hussain's work of art.