New Delhi, July 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped five Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from the Union Cabinet on Tuesday. A total of 19 new inductions in the cabinet were made. Those who were removed are: Ram Shankar Katheria, MoS, Human Resources Development (HRD); Sanwar Lal Jat, MoS, Water Resources; Mansukhbhai Vasava, MoS, Tribal Affair and M.K. Kundariya, MoS Agriculture. (ALSO READ: Cabinet expansion: Upcoming elections formed basis of reshuffle, ‘Gaon, Garib, Kisan’ was mere ‘jumla’)
Among those who faced the axe, Katheria drew the highest amount of limelights for all negative reasons. Showing disregard for the constitutional position he held, Katheria repeatedly made provocative speeches against Muslims. He had also blatantly threatened to use the HRD Ministry to fulfill his ideological agenda. The statements of Katheria were drawing flak towards the Modi regime and raising doubts over the secular credentials of the current government. (ALSO READ: MoS Katheria hate speech & Narendra Modi’s muted response: Is this ‘Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas’?)
The above statements were made by Katheria in a condolence meet organized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Agra. “If the administration thinks that I’m a minister and my hands are tied now, then they are highly mistaken.”
Apart from the communal remarks in Agra, Kathuria has time and again stressed on saffronising the education curriculum in the nation. “Education will be saffronised. The entire nation will be saffronised. Whatever is good for the nation, we will take all those steps,” Katheria reportedly said. He was also firm of the opinion that education curriculum should remove the portion of education which glorifies the medieval past, where the Tughlaq and Mughal rulers ruled over vast swath of the nation.