New Delhi, August 13: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has warned his party’s lawmakers in Uttar Pradesh from making controversial statements ahead of forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Shah reportedly in a closed-door meeting asked his lawmakers to visit their constituencies and make public aware about the government schemes. During the meeting, Shah especially cautioned Sangeet Som, Hema Malini, Suresh Rana, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sanjeev Balyan and Rajendra Agarwal and asked them to stop making controversial statements, CNN-News 18 reported quoting sources.
Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini recently courted a controversy by saying that she could become the chief minister “in a minute” if she wanted. Last year, Hema Malini was in limelight when she had blamed Mumbai’s huge population for tragic fire at Kamala Mills which claimed 14 lives. “Police is doing a great job. It is the growing population which is responsible for such untoward incidents,” the 69-year-old actor-politician had said.
On the other hand, BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi has been in the limelight for not paying visit to his constituency Kanpur. Remarks of 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case accused Sangeet Som, Suresh Rana and Sanjeev Balyan often create controversy.
Som, a BJP MLA from Sardhana in Uttar Pradesh, had last year called the Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture and history and warned that the names of Mughal emperors would be removed from history.
Meanwhile, Union Minister and BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan had stirred controversy by saying that that Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s days are numbered.
“We all know how UP has suffered all these years under Samajwadi Party. Mulayam has always believed in politics of sectarianism and I simply want to tell him it’s time for him to breathe his last and the Samajwadi Party to be buried soon,” BJP’s Lok Sabha MP from Muzaffarnagar had said, days before UP Assembly elections.