A day after the Election Commission of India announced dates for this year’s Lok Sabha elections, Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde has once again made a desperate attempt to polarise voters in Karnataka by accusing Congress President Rahul Gandhi of being the son of a Muslim.
Calling Gandhi a hybrid person, Hegde said that the former’s mother was a Christian while his father, the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was a Muslim. He asked, “How did the son of a Muslim become a Brahmin named Gandhi?” He did not stop here. He asked the Congress president to take DNA test to prove that he was a Brahmin.
Hegde said that Rajiv Gandhi’s father and Indira Gandhi’s husband, Feroz Gandhi, was a Muslim. Feroz Gandhi in reality was a Parsi.
What was shocking that his audience responded to his objectionable comments with laughter and clapping.
Modi Mantri Anantkumar Hegde abuses @RahulGandhi with “HYBRID” jibe (just like Modi himself did in the past)
He asked how can RG be Brahmin when his father was a Muslim & mother a Christian
Proved For Sanghis, Parsis are Muslims & mixed marriages a taboopic.twitter.com/N3f4AIby02
— Geet V (@geetv79) January 31, 2019
Gandhi, during a visit to a temple in Pushkar last year, had described himself as a Brahmin while writing his gotra as Kashmiri Kaul.
Hegde is notorious for taking potshots at his political rivals by making astonishingly bizarre comments involving the family members of his adversaries. In January this year, while attacking his Congress rival Dinesh Gundu Rao in Karnataka, Hegde had dragged the latter’s Muslim wife on Twitter.
He had written, “I shall definitely answer this guy @dineshgrao’s queries, before which could he please reveal himself as to who he is along with his achievements? I only know him as a guy who ran behind a Muslim lady.”
In December 2017, Hegde, who is the Union Minister of State for Employment and Skill Development in Modi’s cabinet, had controversially said that his party, the BJP, was ‘here to change the Constitution.’