www.thenewsroom.co.in www.thenewsroom.co.in
17 Feb 2019·
News Flash
Pulwama Terror Attack: Security Cover of Five Separatist Leaders Withdrawn * Odisha CM Lays Foundation Stone for State-of-the-Art Cancer Hospital & Research Centre in Bhubaneswar * Bhubaneswar Smart City Wins Geospatial Excellence Award for Its GIS Map Portal ‘Bhubaneswar One’ * Thousands of Congress, BJP Workers from Kalahandi Join BJD * Naveen's Oneness with Bereaved Goes Beyond Ex-Gratia * Odisha CM Enhances Ex-gratia to Rs 25 Lakh for Families of Martyred Odia Jawans * Pulwama Terror Attack: Odisha CM Pays Tribute to Two Odia Martyrs * Odisha CM Dedicates Slew of Development Projects to People of Kalahandi, Attends Mission Shakti Conclave * Pulwama Terror Strike: All Political Party Backs Govt. Stands with Security Forces * Odisha Schools Hold Silent Prayers for Pulwama Attack Martyrs * CM to Visit Kalahandi District Today * Mortal Remains of Two Martyred Odia Jawans to Reach Bhubaneswar Today * Donald Trump Declares Emergency to Build US-Mexico Border Wall * Naveen Urges Educational Institutions to Observe Silent Prayers for Pulwama Martyrs * Odisha Govt Announces Rs 10 Lakh Ex-gratia to Kin of Martyred Odia Jawans in Pulwama Terror Attack * CM Launches Slew of Development Projects in Kendrapara, Distributes KALIA Assistance to Landless Farmers * ECI Reviews Poll Preparedness in Odisha, Ensures Free and Fair Elections * Pulwama Terror Strike: J&K Guv Admits Intelligence Failure * Pulwama Terror Strike: Priyanka Gandhi Urges Centre to Prevent Recurrence of Terror Attacks * Naveen Flags Off 10th Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Train from Berhampur * Pulwama Terror Strike: Odisha CM Holds Silent Prayer for Martyr Troopers * Pulwama Terror Strike: India Withdraws 'Most Favoured Nation' Status to Pak * Pulwama Terror Strike: Two Odia Troopers Among Martyrs * Odisha Best State for Promotion of Sports * Brexit and Theresa May


Congress Sees Gadkari's Casteism Remarks a Direct Attack on Modi, BJP

Congress Sees Gadkari's Casteism Remarks a Direct Attack on Modi, BJP

(File Photo)

New Delhi: The Congress today termed the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's latest comments on castesim as a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party BJP.

Speaking at programme in Pune on Sunday, the Transport Minister said that there was no place for casteism in his area because of his "warning" that anybody talking about caste will be "thrashed" by him.

The senior BJP leader said, "We do not believe in any casteism...I do not know what do you have but there is no place for castiesm in our five districts because I have warned everybody that if someone talks about caste, I will thrash him".

Reacting to Gadkari’s comments, the Madhya Pradesh Congress said that the Union Minister has once again ‘directly attacked’ Narendra Modi and the BJP.

“Gadkari Ji has spoken out against the politics of religion - a policy followed by the BJP”, the Congress tweeted.

 "When will you thrash those who ask for votes in the name of Hanuman Ji's religion?", the Congress asked. 

 The Congress’ reference of Hanuman Ji came in the wake of recent controversial statements made by several BJP leaders to determine the caste of the Hindu deity. 

The debate on the 'caste' identity of the Hindu god was sparked off by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, who had claimed that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit.

“Lord Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. Bajrang Bali worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west,” Adityanath had said at a rally in Rajasthan's Alwar district in November.

Then BJP Member of Legislative Council (MLC) in Uttar Pradesh, Bukkal Nawab  had called Lord Hanuman a Muslim by saying "I believe that Lord Hanuman was a Muslim. That is why the names of the people in Islam are almost similar to Lord Hanuman, whether it is Rehman, Ramzan, Farman, Zeeshan and Qurban."

Uttar Pradesh Minister for Religious Affairs Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said that the Hindu deity belonged to the Jat community.

Justifying his statement, he said, "I think Hanuman ji was a Jat, because upon seeing someone being troubled a Jat also jumps in even without knowing the issue or the people."

As per media reports, some people in the saffron party are putting forth Nitin Gadkari's name as the Prime Ministerial candidate in the upcoming general elections.