Former Madhya Pradesh minister and Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Gopal Bhargav has courted controversy after he wondered aloud whether children who eat eggs will grow up to become “man-eaters”.
Reacting to the state government’s introduction of eggs in anganwadi meals, the senior BJP leader told reporters, “What can you expect from a malnourished government? Today it’s offering eggs; later it may serve chicken and goats… If you offer them eggs from childhood, they will eat flesh when they grow up… they may turn into man-eaters.”
In response, Congress leader Shobha Oza named BJP-ruled states where eggs are part of anganwadi meals and asked whether children there also ran the risk of turning into “man-eaters”. She also demanded that Bhargav be removed from the post of leader of the opposition.
The previous BJP government had not allowed eggs to be served. Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had opposed the idea, saying there were other alternatives to eggs.