BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya in a public meeting in support of CAA said that strange eating habits of workers aroused suspicion about their nationality.
BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya made a controversial statement during a public meeting in support of CAA. He said, "Construction labourers who worked at my house could be Bangladeshis because their eating habits are strange; they ate only 'poha'."
Later on, he said he became suspicious after the workers stopped working at his house. “I have not filed any police complaint yet. I only mentioned this incident to warn people,” he said.
He added that a Bangladeshi terrorist was keeping a watch on him for the last year and a half.
“Whenever I go out, six-armed security personnel follow me. What is happening in this country? Will outsiders enter and spread so much terror?” he asked.
After his statement, Twitter erupted with responses trolling the minister for judging the labourer's ethnicity based on eating habits. Some netizens also pointed out that how poha is a staple and cheap food and daily wage workers eat it because it is the one which they can afford.
Some also questioned him asking, “Will all those who eat poha become Bangladeshis?” A user with laughing emoji, wrote, "I am Punjabi, and I am eating poha right now. Poha has nothing to do with Bangladesh."
Another user wrote, "So, According to BJP, those who eat Poha are Bangladeshis???🤔 What next?? Boycott Poha?? 😂🤣😂🤣
Here are some of the reactions from the netizens
Oh so we have already reached the "you eat too much poha so you must be Bangladeshi" stage of branding people? https://t.co/wz9dBCe3J2— Manu S Pillai (@UnamPillai) January 23, 2020
No Bengali (anywhere in the world) eat Poha daily..This moron has no idea about Bengali Culture but his Fuhrer has given him responsibility to spread communal hatred in Bengal to polarise 2021 elections !!— Soumen Chatterjee 🇮🇳 (@csoumen25) January 23, 2020
Eyeopener for Bengalis..how these sanghis wanna defame us !! https://t.co/HGT6NwnqLw
Last Updated 2:34 PM IST