Bhopal: BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya stoked a controversy on Saturday by referring to a Muslim MLA of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh as a "beef-eater" during a party event.
The BJP leader, known for making controversial statements, was talking about party candidate Surendra Nath Singh's defeat from the Bhopal (Central) assembly seat.
Speaking at the gathering of BJP workers here, Vijayvargiya said, "Your (Singh's) loss caused me the greatest anguish. It is surprising that a nationalist government which stopped cow slaughter was in power (in the state), but a beef-eater won against you. It is a matter of shame for all of us."
In the November 2018 elections, Congress's Arif Masood defeated Singh by 14,757 votes. The Congress ended the BJP's 15-year rule in the state in the polls.
Reacting to the comment, Masood said, "Vijayvargiya should produce evidence as to when I ate beef. I have never had a meal with the BJP general secretary. This (the remark) only shows his frustration."
Masood claimed he had never eaten beef in his life, and he won from a seat where Hindus are in a majority. "I was elected by all sections of society while the BJP only focused on dividing people," he said.
State BJP spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal said he was not aware of Vijayvargiya's statement and hence could not offer any comment.
The Great Diwali Discount!
Unlock 75% more savings this festive season. Get Moneycontrol Pro for a year for Rs 289 only.
Coupon code: DIWALI. Offer valid till 10th November, 2019 .
Updated Date: Feb 24, 2019 14:40:09 IST