BJP’s Sambit Patra trolled for extending birthday greetings to ‘beef eater’ Kiren Rijiju


BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Monday wished India’s junior home minister Kiren Rijiju on his birthday without realising that his action will lead to his incessant trolling on social media.

Writing on Twitter, Patra wrote, “Warm Birthday wishes to Sh @KirenRijiju Ji May He be blessed with a long and healthy life!”

No sooner had he posted his tweet, he began to face trolling from his political rivals and social media users critical of him. They mocked the BJP spokesperson for extending birthday greetings to a person, who had famously claimed to eat beef. Rijiju had said in 2015, “I eat beef, I’m from Arunachal Pradesh, can somebody stop me? So let us not be touchy about somebody’s practices.” He was responding to a question on Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s statement saying that those who wished to eat beef should go to Pakistan.

The BJP has been opposing the consumption of beef and people supporting the party’s Hindutva ideology have attacked countless individuals by even killing many on the suspicion of eating beef.

AAP MLA Alka Lamba wrote sarcastically, “Here’s a BJP spokesperson wishing birthday greetings to a beef eater. Healthy life.”

Many other users reacted with similar taunts in response to Patra’s tweet.

The first person to have been lynched under the Narendra Modi government to death on suspicion of consuming beef was Dadr’s Mohammad Akhlaq. His killers had included a son of local BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh. Union Minister and local MP Mahesh Sharma had travelled to Dadri to pay his tribute with folded hands with one of the killers had died of dengue in jail. Akhlaq’s killer’s body was brought wrapped in India’s national flag, an honour reserved for India’s soldiers or people, who’ve contributed to the nation building.

Interestingly, Patra was thrown out of a live debate on NDTV last year, when he accused the channel of carrying an agenda while hosting a debate on the politics of cattle ban.