Social media backlash on BJP MP Udit Raj’s beef tweet for Usain Bolt


BJP MP and Dalit leader Udit Raj on Monday caused a huge social media controversy with a tweet suggesting that champion Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt had nine Olympics gold despite being born in poverty after his trainer advised him to eat beef twice a day.

Usain Bolt

“Usain Bolt of Jamaica was poor and trainer advised him to eat beef both the times and he scored 9 gold medals in Olympics,” the Lok Sabha member from North West Delhi tweeted.

Faced with a huge social media outrage, Raj soon issued a clarification saying his tweet was only to highlight the difficulties Bolt had overcome to win Olympic laurels. He said his intention was not to advocate eating of beef.

He wrote, “I cited circumstances of Jamaica that despite poor infrastructure & poverty Bolt won 9 gold so our players should find ways like that to win. As usain bolt &trainer found ways and means to win medals similarly our players and trainers should do as per their circumstances. I intended to convey-players & society to look at ways to win in games rather blaming circumstances & Govt & eating is their choice. (sic)”

But this didn’t deter Twitter users from having a dig at the MP and his party, the BJP. Raj, a Dalit leader, had in the past criticised his own party for the growing attacks against Dalits by so-called cow protection groups.

Here are some Twitter reactions: