AAM Aadmi Party’s Kumar Vishwas has landed in fresh controversy over his “racist” comment on nurses from Kerala. A video footage of the poet-turned-politician’s stage performance showed Vishwas describing nurses from Kerala as “kali peeli (dark-skinned)” and nurses from North India as pretty.
The controversial comments were made a few years back during a function at the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi. Vishwas was shown saying that “hospitals had earlier dark-skinned nurses and one would be forced to call them sister. Many of them (Kerala nurses) were reluctant to give their photo in bio-data. Whereas now, hospitals have good-looking nurses from North India. When they enter the hospital after applying perfume, even those who are not sick would think about getting admitted in hospital.”
Outraged, Kerala’s United Nurses Association (UNA) held a protest march in Kochi on Monday. Nurses burnt an effigy of the AAP leader and sought an apology from him. UNA state president Jasmin Shah said that the outfit would rush a legal notice to the AAP leader. AAP Kochi office was stoned by a group of Youth Congress activists while Mahila Congress leader Bindu Krishna demanded a case be registered.
FIR registered against Vishwas in Lucknow
Lucknow: An FIR was registered in Lucknow Sunday evening against AAP’s Kumar Vishwas, who is the party’s likely candidate against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. SHO S K Gautam said a complaint was lodged by Ram Prasad Mishra, general secretary of the Ram Janambhoomi Sewa Samiti, and a resident of Mahanagar in Lucknow. Mishra alleged that Vishwas hurt religious sentiments by insulting Karbala martyrs and some Hindu deities. ENS