The Bharatiya Janata Party's national vice president and member of Rajya Sabha Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has put his proverbial foot in his mouth, after calling the deaths of people standing in queues "mere accidents".
"Logon ka (bank) line main lagkar marna ye sirf hadse hain. Log ration ki line main lagkar bhi marte hain (Incidences like people dying in queue for exchange of money are mere accident as people sometime die waiting in queue for ration)," he said to journalists on Monday at the official residence of Madhya Pradesh's public relations minister Narottam Mishra, reported The Times of India.
As his statement drew media ridicule and members of other political parties criticised his remarks, Sahasrabuddhe quickly defended himself, alleging he was misquoted.
"I said that deaths on queues are tragic but these are incidental and we are aware of them," he tweeted in Hindi. "People stand in queues for many other things as well and despite hardships they have chosen the way of honesty."
मेरा विधान Mis Report हो रहा है ! मैंने यह कहा है की " क़तार में मृत्यु दुःखद है मगर यह हादसे है जो दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है और हम उनके बारे १/१— Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (@vinay1011) November 14, 2016
"में संवेदनशील है!क़तारमें रह कर काम हमेशा कष्टप्रद होता है !क़तार छोड़कर अन्य मार्ग से भी लोग काम करते है मगर लोगोंने ईमानदारी की क़तार १/२— Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (@vinay1011) November 14, 2016
स्वीकार की है !कष्ट झेलकर भी लोगों ने ईमानदारी का रास्ता अपनाया है और सरकार को साथ दिया है !हम कृतज्ञ है और कार्यकर्ता उन्हें मदद कर रहे है"— Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (@vinay1011) November 14, 2016
"जो मुझे जानते है उन्हें पता है कि मैं ग़ैर ज़िम्मेदाराना और आ-संवेदनशील नहीं हुँ और न ऐसी बात कभी कर सकता हुँ! "— Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (@vinay1011) November 14, 2016
Sahasrabuddhe called the central government's move against black money like a "satyagraha". He was struggling to answer pointed questions on how common people are facing hardships following the demonetisation decision, reported Hindustan Times, when he made the insensitive remark.
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