Politics in today’s world has become a dirty game and politicians are stooping to new lows to score brownie points. Making controversial statements is one of the tricks that today’s politicians use to strike a chord with their followers. Making controversial statements also gets them guaranteed media coverage across the country and sometimes globally as well. This clearly shows that some politicians only care about publicity and it doesn’t matter to them whether it’s good or bad publicity. Here are some of the most strange and controversial statements made by Indian politicians in recent times.
Hemant Karkare died because I cursed him
This statement got the entire country polarized, as it was found to be derogatory in nature. The statement was made by Sadhvi Pragya, who is BJP’s candidate from Bhopal. She is fighting against Congress leader and general secretary Digvijaya Singh, which is why it’s being considered an important electoral battle. Sadhvi Pragya made the statement against Karkare (Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief and 26/11 martyr) because she claims that she was unnecessarily harassed during investigations in 2008 Malegaon bombings. She was arrested on terror charges, but was later granted bail. As her statement came under heavy criticism, Sadhvi Pragya later apologized for her statement.
This sexist remark was made by Azam Khan, who is fighting from Rampur Lok Sabha seat. Although Azam Khan later denied that he was referring to Jaya Prada, it’s obvious what he meant. Jaya Prada has switched sides from SP to BJP, which probably has not gone down well with Azam Khan. By using the “khakhi” word, Khan was apparently referring to RSS. Azam Khan had courted controversy earlier also when he had described Jaya Prada as a “naachnewali”.
Chowkidar chor hai
After Supreme Court decided to review the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi inappropriately used the court decision to say that chowkidar chor hai. He said that it has now been proved that chowkidar chor hai. However, the court found this to be untrue because the court had only decided to review the deal and has not passed its final order on the deal. A contempt case was filed against Rahul for this statement, after which he decided to apologize for his statement.
All Modis are chor
This was again one of Rahul’s statements, where he seemed to categorize all people with Modi surname as chors (thieves). Naturally, there must be thousands of people with Modi surname and Rahul’s statement describes all of them as thieves. This statement could create more trouble for Congress president, as there are already talks about filing defamation case against Rahul. Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal was burdened with defamation cases and had to apologize. The same could happen to Rahul for making controversial statements without proof.
Women cry rape after breakup
This sexist remark was made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. His statement was based on convoluted reasoning, derived from statistical data that indicated that around 90% of eve-teasing and rape cases involve people who know each other. Khattar probably thinks that women make allegations of rape after they have a breakup with their partner. The statement was heavily criticized, after which Khattar said that his statement was twisted by the media.
Internet was present during Mahabharata
If Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb is to be believed, things like internet and satellites were present during Mahabharata. His reasoning was that Sanjay was able to visualize the happenings at Kurukshetra and describe them to king Dhritarashtra. Earlier also Deb had created controversy by saying that only Aishwarya Rai deserved the Miss World title because only she has an Indian face.
Muslims should go to Pakistan
Member of Parliament Vinay Katiyar supported the Hindu nation theory and said that Muslims should not be staying in the country. He said that Muslims should either move to Pakistan or Bangladesh. The statement came under heavy criticism, but it had support as well from people with matching ideologies.
Modi is a scorpion sitting on a Shiv Linga
At an event in Bengaluru, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that Narendra Modi was like a scorpion sitting on a Shiv Linga. He was trying to say that in such a situation, it is not possible to remove the scorpion by hand or hit it with a chappal (slippers).
Rupee’s value is inching closer to Modi’s mother’s age
In a very bad remark, Congress leader Raj Babbar said that value of rupee is falling so fast that it will soon reach the age of Modi’s mother. Babbar’s statement was hugely derogatory and it was widely condemned by people and politicians.
Demolish Jama Masjid in Delhi
Firebrand Hindutva leader Sakshi Maharaj said that the Jama Masjid in Delhi should be demolished because it has been built on top of a temple. He said that there are still idols of Hindu deities under the stairs of Jama Masjid. He added that if this is not true, then he should be hanged for making false statements.
Hanuman was a Dalit
This controversial statement was made by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a rally in Alwar in Rajasthan. The comment evoked strong reactions from people and politicians, many of whom said that it is not good to classify gods into various castes.