Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde has put himself in the center of controversy after his controversial remark on Sunday. He has declared at a public event that any hand that touches a Hindu girl “should not exist”. Today morning he criticized a Congress leader by dragging his Muslim wife into a Twitter spat.
Mr. Hegde, a senior Karnataka leader of the BJP, joined the central government in 2017. He always has been a non-stop source of provocative remarks.
Mr. Hegde while giving a speech in Karnataka’s Kodagu district, said that “We have to rethink the priorities of our society. We shouldn’t think of caste. If a Hindu girl is touched by a hand, then that hand should not exist.”
He also added some ill-considered comments and in front of a large crowd saying, “Taj Mahal was not built by Muslims. It’s definitely not built by Muslims, the history speaks for it. Shah Jahan in his autobiography has said he bought this palace from King Jayasimha. It’s a Shiv Mandir built by King Paramatheertha, Tejo Mahalaya. Tejo Mahalaya became Taj Mahal. If we keep sleeping, most of our houses also will be named manzil. In future, Lord Ram will be called jahanpana and Sita will become bibi.“
Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao condemned the comments of Mr. Hegde and tweeted, “Wht are ur achievements after becoming a Union Minister or as MP? Wht are ur contributions for Karnataka’s development? All I can say for sure, it’s deplorable tht such people have become ministers & have managed to get elected as MP’s.”
In a reply, Anantkumar Hegde savagely attacked referring to Mr. Rao’s wife Tabu Rao. He tweeted, “I shall definitely answer this guy @dineshgrao’s queries, before which could he please reveal himself as to who he is along with his achievements? I only know him as a guy who ran behind a Muslim lady.”
Mr. Gundu Rao tweeted back: “Sad to see @AnantkumarH stoop to such low levels as to bring in personal issues. Guess it’s his lack of culture. Guess he hasn’t learnt from our Hindu scriptures. Time hasn’t run out, he can still try and become a more dignified human.”