Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s controversial remark has once again put the Narendra Modi government on a sticky wicket. A united Opposition now wants Modi to sack the minister. This not the first instance when the Modi govt has been embarrassed with rather outlandish and extremely sectarian comments made by the BJP leaders.
Here are the five controversial remarks that has embarrassed Modi.
Babulal Gaur: While Narendra Modi was strong in speaking about women safety from the gallery of Red Fort in his Independence Day speech, Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur was seen stirring controversy by describing rape as a social crime which is “sometimes right, sometimes wrong”. He also insisted that governments could not ensure that women do not get raped, triggering angry reactions from the Congress.
Giriraj Singh: On of the prominent faces in Bihar BJP, Giriraj Singh drew flak by calling Modi’s critics Pakistanis. He said, “Those who want to stop BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will soon have no place in India… because their place will be in Pakistan”.
Mohan Bhagwat: While Modi feels Indian Muslims will live and die for India, BJP’s parent organisation RSS’ chief Mohan Bhagwat has different take on the issue. Bhagwat feels India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity. “Hindustan is a Hindu nation…Hindutva is the identity of our nation and it (Hinduism) can incorporate others (religions) in itself,” he said.
Yogi Adityanath: This man and his inflammatory speeches were held responsible for BJP’s dismal performance in recent by-elections in UP. Yogi Adityanath, who was the star campaigner of the saffron party, was quite vocal about his religious views during the campaign. He stroked a controversy when he said that communal riots happen in the places where a particular minority community constitute 20-40 percent of the total population. The Election Commission also served notice to Adityanath for hate speech.
Niranjan Jyoti: Addressing voters in west Delhi’s Shyam Nagar, the Union Minister told voters, “Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya har**zadon ki. Yeh aapka faisla hai (you have to decide whether Delhi will get a government of those born of Ram or of those born illegitimately).” The reaction from the opposition to this remark was so strong that PM Modi issued a diktat to the party leaders for not speaking out of turn.