The statement made by party vice-president Prabhat Jha over the rising tomato prices has stirred a controversy. On Tuesday, when asked about reasons behind rising tomato prices, he offered a weird statement. He said that only rich people eat tomatoes and not the common man.
"Only those who have red cheeks like tomato eat this priced vegetable." On the prices of potatoes and onions, he said that prices of these commodities haven't reached Rs 100 a kg. Potatoes and onions are still available at Rs 30-40 per kg in markets.
BJP leaders not yet out of their victory hangover
This is not the first time a BJP leader has courted controversy post the Lok Sabha election. Earlier, Goa PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar sparked controversy after he blamed bikinis and short skirts for creating law and order problems. He said, "Young girls wearing short skirts in nightclubs are a threat to the Goan culture. This habit of young girls wearing short dresses everywhere does not fit the Goan culture. What will happen to it if this continues? We should not allow this. It should be stopped." His brother and State Minister Deepak Dhavilkar also courted major controversy by saying that if everybody supports Modi then India can soon become a Hindu country.
With such comments, leaders not only embarrassed themselves but also their party
Recently, a BJP leader from Telangana created controversy by saying that Sania Mirza shouldn't be the ambassador of the State as she is married to a Pakistani. The Central BJP disowned his statement but the damage was already done.
With such insensitive statements, the leaders not only embarrassed themselves but also their party and Narendra Modi at large.
Long list of insensitive comments by Congress leaders
Former Home Minister P Chidambaram was at the receiving end of brickbats for saying that the Indian middle class spends money on mineral water and ice cream without a fuss, but protests against a small increase in the price of food commodities.
Once, Rahul Gandhi too stirred the hornet's nest by dismissing poverty as just a state of mind. "Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty," he said.
Congress leaders Raj Babbar and Rasheed Masood also mocked the poor by their Rs.12 and Rs.5 for a meal remarks.
At a time when the Government is struggling hard to control the spiraling prices, such comments by the lawmakers will not only tarnish the image of Government but also raise anger amongst the people. Rather than making such senseless comments, the Parliamentarians should help Prime Minister towards achieving his goals. The lawmakers should be well aware of the power of people who have taught Congress a lesson in recently concluded Lok Sabha poll.