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UP minister draws public ire for saying Rajputs, Yadavs drink more liquor


Protesters hurled tomatoes and eggs on Saturday at the home of Uttar Pradesh minister Om Prakash Rajbhar for saying that Rajputs and Yadavs consumed more liquor than others.

Om Prakash Rajbhar

Youths, some of them wearing red caps, mobbed the minister's official residence in Hazratganj area here this afternoon, raising slogans and damaging his name plate.

"The maximum blame is put on Rajbhars, but the maximum liquor is consumed by Yadavs and Rajputs," Rajbhar said in Varanasi, while arguing against drinking.

"This is their ancestral business," he is heard saying on television. But he added that people from his own Rajbhar and all other castes also drink, he said.

"If you want to know the pain, ask any mother, sister or wife to whose homes their loved ones come drunk," he said. Rajbhar, who heads the backward classes welfare portfolio in the UP Cabinet, is a leader of BJP ally, Suheldev Bharatiya Party.

He has courted controversy earlier with his criticism of the performance of the Yogi Adityanath government in the state. In another controversial on drinking, he had said, "If someone offers you liquor, consume it but vote as per you discretion."

Police said nobody has been detained yet over the protests at the minister's home. "We are probing the matter," an officer said.


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