CHANDIGARH -- In an embarrassment to ruling BJP in Haryana, State Minister Krishan Kumar Bedi was caught on tape while allegedly mocking the Prime Minister's pet 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, prompting the opposition to take a swipe at the state government over "lack of seriousness".
"Don't know what all Modi will make us do," Bedi, who is Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, is purportedly heard saying in TV footage as he held a broom in his hand while cleaning a ground in Fatehabad.
After the Minister's remarks, other officials present at the spot with him burst into laughter. When Bedi noticed that his comments may have been captured by media present at the spot, he asked them, "I hope you are not recording it.Don't make me land in any trouble".
The video has since gone viral on social media.
Bedi along with senior officials of the Fatehabad district administration were cleaning the ground at Panchayat Bhawan in Haryana's Fatehabad yesterday on the conclusion of a sanitation campaign there.
In January this year, Bedi was in the midst of another controversy when Kurukshetra's civil surgeon Vandana Bhatia had complained that Bedi had allegedly misbehaved with her over telephone, a charge which had been trashed by the Minister then.
Congress leader Ashok Tanwar said the Minister's remarks also show "that people feel suffocated in the BJP".
"There is authoritarian attitude of top leadership of the BJP because of which sentiments in this manner are coming out in public," he said.
Abhay Chautala, who is Leader of Opposition, said before polls, BJP made tall promises to the people and when they allegedly failed to deliver, their Ministers make such statements to divert the attention of the people.
Earlier this year, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma had stoked a controversy by allegedly using objectionable language against Jawaharlal Nehru. Later on, the senior Minister had apologised, saying he did not mean to be disrespectful or to hurt anyone's sentiments.
Haryana's Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar had also drawn flak for his remarks on farmers commiting suicide.