In 2018, there was no lack of controversial statements by politicians. Some were unintentional, while others were meant to provoke, to rabble rouse. If the Congress went all out in blaming the Centre for Rafale and absconding businessmen like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya, the BJP’s Subramanian Swamy kept the reporters busy by speaking up on all news-worthy issues.
Here’s most controversial statements of politicians in 2018!
Ye to roz marenge Army mein- BJP MP
On the second day of 2018, while responding to query on an attack on the CRPF camp, BJP MP Nepal Singh said, “Ye to roz marenge Army mein, koi aisa desh hai jahan army ka aadmi na marta ho jhagde mein? (Those deputed in the Army will die, is there any nation where a man working for the Army doesn’t die during a dispute)”.
Shiv Sena leader on Ayodhya issue
Milking the Ayodhya issue, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Government should urgently enact a law to build Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. He added,”We took just 17 minutes to demolish disputed Babri Masjid, how much time will the NDA government take to enact a law.”
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj on Ayodhya Issue
On the same issue, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj called for the demolition of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, asking the people to hang him if idols of Hindu deities were not found beneath the staircase of the mosque. Also Read: “Prostitute” & 6 Others Controversial Statements Made By BJP Leaders
Muslims should not be staying in India- BJP MP Vinay Katiyar
BJP MP Vinay Katiyar is in the forefront of the ‘Go-To-Pakistan’ chorus in India. In February, he told a TV news channel, “Muslims should not be staying in India. They divided the country on the basis of their population….They should go to Bangladesh or Pakistan. They have no business to be India”.
The incidents of rape cannot be curbed, even if Lord Ram descends on earth- BJP MP
In July, while referring to the Unnao molestation case, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh Surendra Singh said: “Bhagwan Ram bhi aa jaayenge, tab bhi balaatkaar ki ghatna per niyantran nahi ho paayegaa (The incidents of rape cannot be curbed, even if Lord Ram descends on earth).”
When on controversial statements, how can we forget AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
His most controversial statement in 2018 was probably his allegation that BJP chief Amit Shah visited Telangana and said he would rid Hyderabad of Majlis. “Amit Shah aake Telangana mein boley Hyderabad ko majlis se mukt karoonga. Kaun sa mukt karenge aap? Kahan se mukt karenge…Aap majlis mukt nahi, Bharat se musalmaanon ko mukt karna chahte hain. Bharat se musalmanon ka alienation karna chahte hain,” he said.
Swamy Subramanian called homosexuality a genetic flaw.
BJP’s Subramanian Swamy waxes eloquent on anything and everything. However, while the political parties across the spectrum welcomed decriminalisation of same-gender sex, Swamy said homosexual relations were not a problem as long as “they don’t celebrate it, don’t flaunt it, don’t create gay bars.” He also called it a genetic flaw.
The famous Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi kept the Twitterati talking about his comments on social platform, and otherwise, on various issues. In fact, his very clever pun in one of his tweets landed him in a soup when he tweeted, “Mitron, ‘Shirdi ke chamatkaron’ ki koi ‘seema’ nahin hai (Friends, the miracles of Shirdi are boundless).” He was referring to a news report detailing Congress allegations of disproportionate asset acquisition on the part of Union Minister Piyush Goyal and his wife, whose name is ‘Seema’ and one of the companies in question was called Shirdi Industries.
And let’s not forget Rahul’s constant refrain of ‘Chowkidar chor hai’, picking as he did on PM Modi’s declaration that he was a chowkidar of the nation.
Again, in August, Rahul alleged that the Modi government had turned the Uri surgical strikes into a political asset.
Rahul Gandhi On Sikh riots
Later, addressing UK parliamentarians, Rahul called the 1984 anti-Sikh riots a “very painful tragedy” but added, “I have no confusion in my mind about that. It was a tragedy, it was a painful experience. You say that the Congress party was involved in that, I don’t agree with that. Certainly there was violence, certainly there was tragedy.” Months later, senior party leader Sajjan Kumar was convicted.
While we are talking about Rahul, can PM Modi be far behind?
The Prime Minister is quite fascinated with our scriptures, mythology and ancient history. His speeches are peppered with references to some or all of those. On ancient medical science in India, the Prime Minister told a gathering of doctors and medical professional that Karna not being born from his mother’s womb was proof that genetic science existed back in the day. And that Lord Ganesha was the first living example of a successful plastic surgery.
He went on to claim that there ought to have been skilled plastic surgeons at the time when an elephant’s head was placed on Lord Ganesha’s body.
Elsewhere, on a question on climate change, PM Modi ended up saying, “Climate has not changed. Our habits have changed, our habits have got spoilt.” On another occasion, the PM faced flak for claiming that he saw a roadside tea-stall owner drawing gas from a nullah to use as fuel. While some people did come out to say it was possible, the image the PM drew, of a man using a pipe to draw gas directly from a nullah was too implausible to believe.
The Prime Minister found company in Cabinet colleague Rajnath Singh who claimed, “They say a US observatory has informed us about lunar and solar eclipse on a particular date…ask any pundit. They will open the ‘panchang’ and tell you the dates of eclipses 100 years ago.” In one sweep statement, Singh showed that advancement is science and technology is really for nothing, a ‘panchang’ can do the job just as well.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh had a success formula for improved farming
He said, “The idea behind yogic farming is to empower the seeds with the help of positive thinking. We should enhance the potency of seeds by rays of parmatma shakti.” Wonder why there’s agrarian crisis still!
Congress motormouth Navjot Singh Sidhu got people talking when he claimed he feels closer to the folks in Pakistan than he does to those down South, in Tamil Nadu.
Speaking at a literary festival, he said, “If I go to Tamil Nadu, I don’t understand the language. Not that I don’t like the food, but I can’t take it for long. That culture is totally different. But if I travel to Pakistan there is no difficulty. The language is the same and everything there is just amazing.”
Later, when he was criticised for attending the Pakistan side of the groundbreaking ceremony despite Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s disapproval, Sidhu said, “Rahul Gandhi is my captain. It is he who sent me to Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the captain (Amarinder Singh) also,” he had said. His own colleagues were soon asking him to resign from the state Cabinet.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb would surface with one controversial statement after another, all through the year.
First, he claimed that internet and satellites existed in the Mahabharata era. How else do you explain Sanjay’s ‘live telecast’ of the war? Speaking at an event, Deb said, “Sanjay narrated what was happening in the battlefield to Dhritarashtra. This was due to internet and technology. Satellite also existed during that period.”
On another occasion, he said, “Mechanical engineers shouldn’t join the civil services. Later, he also claimed that ducks help raise the oxygen level in ponds. Whatever that means.
Lord Hanuman’s Caste Controversy
Controversial statements got louder as the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Meghalaya and Telangana approached. However, one statement that stood out was that of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that Lord Hanuman was a tribal. That led to so many speculations with Shivpal Yadav demanding the deity’s ‘caste certificate’, Bukkal Nawad claiming the God was a Muslim and another BJP leader insisting that He was actually a Jat.
With the new year just a day away, here’s wishing our politicians put more thought into their speeches in 2019.
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