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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

"Are people living in South India part of the country or not? Do you want to divide India?" - Opposition leader Mallikarjuna Kharge

New Delhi, 11 April, (Asiantribune.com):

The opposition Congress created a ruckus in Lok Sabha on Monday over BJP leader Tarun Vijay's racist remarks on south Indians.

Speaking in the house, opposition leader, Mallikarjuna Kharge asked what action will be taken by the NDA government on the leader who made the racist remarks.

He also questioned, "Are people living in South India part of the country or not? This shows your mentality, do you want to divide India?"

Earlier, the BJP leader Tarun Vijay stoked a controversy during a discussion on Al Jazeera. He said that Indians cannot be called racists as they live with “black people” from the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He made this statement while aking about the assault on a group of Nigerians in Greater Noida.

“If we were racist, why would we have the entire south, which is complete, you know, Tamil, you know Kerala, you know Karnataka and Andhra, why do we live with them? We have black people around us,” Tarun Vijay had said.

However, after facing flak, the minister apologized and said, “Feel bad, really feel sorry. My apologies to those who feel (what) I said was different than what I meant.”

Responding to the allegations made by the rivals in the house, Home Minister Rajanth Singh said that India is a secular country, discrimination on basis of creed, caste, religion, color cannot be allowed here. He also said that Vijay has already apologised for his remarks.

Mallikarjuna Kharge warned the agitation by the Congress inside and outside of the house if the government fails to take quick action on Vijay Tarun.

- Asian Tribune -

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