Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde,who has courted controversy many times in the past for his remarks,is yet again in the news. This time for attending a Bollywood music function soon after the serial blasts in Patna that claimed six lives and left 90 others injured.
Here are a few incidents when Shinde was caught on the wrong foot –
October,2013: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde drew flak for attending a music launch of upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Rajjo’ in Mumabi,barely few hours of the serial blasts that rocked Patna,killing six people and injuring 90 others.
March,2013: The Home Minister committed another gaffe as he named Bhandara rape victims during a debate in the Parliament.
April,2013: Sushilkumar Shinde had said that such incidents (rape) happen elsewhere in the country too. “Rapes dont just happen in the capital but they happen elsewhere in the country as well,” Shinde had said this while trying to diffuse the prevailing anger over the rape and brutality meted out to a five-year-old girl in New Delhi.
December 2012: Shinde was in the eye of the storm after he equated the protesters at the India Gate against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old para-medical student with armed Maoists. “It is very easy to ask the Home Minister to go to India Gate and talk…Tomorrow Congress and BJP will demonstrate,tomorrow Maoists will come here to demonstrate with weapons,” Shinde said in interviews.
December 16,2012: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was caught in another embarrassing moment after he referred Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and conspirator of Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed as ‘Mr’ and ‘Shri’. Shinde addressed Saeed as ‘Mr’ and ‘Shri’ twice each.
August,2012: Shinde was criticised for his remarks against SP member Jaya Bachchan during a debate in Parliament on Assam violence “This (Assam violence) is a serious matter. This is not the subject of a film.” Shinde’s ‘filmy’ remark on Bachchan triggered an uproar following which he had to apologise to Jaya.