Regular commuters in Mumbai are bracing themselves for a bad-traffic day ahead on Friday ahead of BJP’s foundation day celebrations planned at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex. BJP chief Amit Shah is expected to address around 3 lakh party workers at the event who are expected to come in from across the state. The rally is planned ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election as a show of strength for the party, and the BJP has booked 28 trains from across the state, as also 50,000 private buses and vehicles for transportation.
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BJP leaders who made controversial remarks
6Rampur MP Nepal Singh on Indian Army
The BJP parliamentarian from Rampur sparked a controversy while saying that soldiers ought to die. The leader sparked a controversy when he said, “They will die every day in the Army. Is there any country whose soldiers do not die while fighting? Even in villages if there is a scuffle, at least one person will get hurt. Name a device from which people do not die? Tell one such thing which can stop the bullet. He, however later apologised for his statement.
5Anant Kumar Hegde’s controversial comments on secularism
Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde had criticised the word “secular” and said the BJP government would “amend the Constitution” to remove the word from the Preamble.
4Anil Vij on Mahatma Gandhi
Haryana Minister Anil Vij courted controversy with remarks that Mahatma Gandhi’s image did not help Khadi and caused a devaluation of the currency, sparking widespread outrage with even his party BJP condemning the statements following which he withdrew them.
3Kiren Rijiju on population
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju stirred a controversy with the remark that the population of the Hindus in India was going down as they “never convert people”, while minorities are flourishing, unlike some other countries.
2Giriraj Singh’s remarks on Sonia Gandhi
Union minister Giriraj Singh has kicked up a major row with racist remarks, wondering if Congress would have accepted Sonia Gandhi’s leadership if she was not white-skinned.
The minister, who had courted controversies in the past with remarks during Lok Sabha elections like people opposed to Narendra Modi can go to Pakistan, also mocked Rahul Gandhi’s absence from the political scene and likened it to the “missing Malaysian airliner”.
1Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank remarks on astrology
Former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who is an MP from Haridwar, said: “Science is a dwarf in front of astrology.”Astrology is the biggest science. It is in fact above science. We should promote it.”
“We speak about nuclear science today. But Sage Kanad conducted nuclear test one lakh years ago, ” he added.