New Delhi: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019, Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani stoked a fresh controversy while targeting Congress party. Addressing a gathering in Amroli where he was inaugurating a party candidate’s election office, Vaghani reportedly abused the grand old party asking voters to ‘identify’ the ‘haram***’ (those born illegitimately) who have ‘sinful minds’ and only want to ‘harass’ people.
“I would like to warn the people of the state: recognise these illegitimately born, who have sinful minds and only want to harass and trouble people. Recognise such people, friends, and press the button on the lotus, vote for us overwhelmingly, that is my request (Hu rajya ni janata ne chetava mangu chhu: odkhi lejo aava haramzadao ne. Jena mann ma paap chhe, jene loko ne heranaj karva chhe ane pareshanaj karva chhe. Aava loko ne odkhi ne, mitron, kamal na nishaan upar button dabavi ne khobe khobe mat aapo avi vinanti karu chhu),” Indian Express quoted Vaghani as saying.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that the grand old party may file a complaint against Vaghani’s for his controversial remarks. “We condemn such statements by state BJP president. Our party and workers are followers of Mahatma Gandhi. We do not believe in violence. Most likely we will file a complaint against Jitubhai Vaghani at the Surat election branch,”Surat city Congress president Babubhai Rayka told the daily.
In December 2014, Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur had made similar ‘haramzada’ remark against the Opposition.While Launching the BJP’s campaign in Delhi four years ago, the BJP MP had asked voters to choose between ‘Ramzadon’ (those born of Ram) and ‘haramzadon’ (illegitimately born).
“Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya haramzadon ki. Yeh aapka faisla hai (You must decide whether you want a government of those born of Ram or of those born illegitimately),” Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, who is known for controversial remarks had said.
Vaghani Not New to Controversy
Notably, Vaghani is not new to the controversy as earlier this year Vaghani while targeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi had said that, “commandos were around their cradle” when they (Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi) were born and added that he “was not sure if commandos were there when they were being fed milk.”
“He was born with commandos around his cradle…I am not sure if commandos were there when he was being fed milk,” Vaghani had said without taking any name while addressing a gathering in Radhanpur town of North Gujarat.
Later Vaghani clarified that his words were taken out of the context. “I was only trying to point out the VIP culture in the Congress and trying to compare it with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ground connect. It is natural that people who come from such culture do not understand the Indian culture,” he said.