New Delhi, April 27: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb stirred a controversy again by raising a question on  rationale behind crowning Diana Hayden ‘Miss World’21 years ago. He also claimed that the international beauty pageants were a farce and the results were all predetermined. “Whoever contested the international beauty pageants won. For five consecutive years, we won the Miss World/Miss Universe awards. Diana Hayden won it too. Do you think she should have won the title?” Deb said.

However, the minister showered praise on Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who won the Miss World crown in 1994, saying she ‘represents the Indian women’ in the true sense.

“Indian women did not use cosmetics in the old times. Indians did not use shampoo, they washed their hair with methi water and bathed with mud. These beauty pageant organisers are international marketing mafia, who spotted a huge market in the country. Today, there is a beauty parlour in every corner of the country,” PTI quoted Deb as saying.

Furthermore he stated, “They make the girls walk with fabric on the ramps. Those who give the certificates are all international textile market mafia. They plan beforehand who will get the award and this is 100 per cent true. We see women as goddess Laxmi, Saraswati. Aishwarya Rai represents the Indian women. She became the Miss World and that’s all right. But I do not understand the beauty of Diana Hayden.”

Notably, Deb’s comments came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned the BJP leaders to steer clear of controversies and not offer “masala” to the media by making irresponsible statements.

However, this is not the first time, Deb has courted controversy with his remarks. Earlier, while speaking at a Regional Workshop on Computerisation and Reforms at Pragna Bhawan in Agartala, Deb said that the internet was invented by India lakhs of years ago.

“Internet and satellite communication had existed in the days of Mahabharata. How could Sanjaya (the charioteer of King Dhritarashtra) give a detailed account and description to the blind king about the battle of Kurukshetra? It means internet was there, the satellites and that technology was there in this country at that time,” Deb had said.