The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Udit Raj for saying that eating beef resulted to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt win medals in Olympics, and said that instead of making such comments, we must take lessons from sportsperson like him.
Expressing amazement, NCP leader Majeed Memon said that normally the BJP is anti-beef and has allegedly brutalized people in this regard, so how out of the blue, a saffron leader is making such statement.
Urging the BJP to tender an explanation in this regard Memon said, “Udit Raj is a member of Parliament of the BJP and I am unable to reconcile this contradiction that the BJP keeps on encouraging people, leaving that one statement of the Prime Minister. Otherwise they are all supporting the beef ban, they lynch people, they kill people, they become violent. So, BJP will have to explain how their Member of Parliament is speaking like this.”
“I would like to tell Udit Ji that do you think that beef has anything to do with the medals. It is not at all, if that would have been, so then we would have asked our players to eat beef at least once and get at least gold one medal. Bolt won because of his hard work, the kind of concern which was put by his government. We should learn lessons from them rather thatn making such comments,” he added.
BJP MP and Dalit leader Udit Raj on Monday triggered a row after he tweeted that champion Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt went on to win nine Olympics gold despite being born in poverty after his trainer advised him to eat beef twice a day.
However, his tweet raised a few eyebrows within the party, which is avowedly against beef consumption, and drew sharp response from the right-leaning people on Twitter, prompting him to claim that his comments were “misconstrued” and that they were meant to “inspire” Indian athletes and convey that they can excel in adverse circumstances.