Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar has stirred a massive controversy by calling PM Modi's tribute to the sanitation workers as a "joke". The disgusting jibe from the Congress leader came a day after PM Modi washed the feet of sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela on Sunday. Giving a Hindutva spin, Babbar made the following classist and elitists attack:
"We heard of Kanya pujan. But they are coming up with new kind of Pujan. This is kind of RSS Hindutava. People are mocking them. This is a joke."
Using social media as the source of his information, he further alleged:
"People are alleging on social media that anklet of one of the ladies whose feet PM washed is lost and she will file an FIR".
Moreover, he shared his piece of advice on what the Prime Minister should have done instead of paying a rich tribute to the sanitation workers by washing their feet.
"It would be good if PM had distributed clothes to them instead of washing their feet".
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi took a holy dip. After he completed his holy dip in the sacred Triveni Sangam, the Prime Minister performed a Ganga aarti alongside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. After that, he proceeded to an event stage where he was to make a speech, with dignitaries such as the UP CM, senior BJP leader Uma Bharti and Deputy UP CM Keshav Prasad Maurya in ascendance.
However, before doing so, he went to an adjoining chamber where a number of the 'safai karamcharis' who had worked towards cleanliness at the world's largest religious gathering were seated. He took some water and copper utensils and washed their feet as a sign of respect.
Congress had stopped to a new low when Raj Babbar attacked the Prime Minister by saying that the "rate of the Rupee had fallen as low as the Prime Minister's mother's age". Addressing an election rally in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh's Indore, Raj Babbar had said:
"Diesel and Petrol prices were exorbitant. Today I would like to say to Mr Prime Minister - listen to your own voice. At least have this much honesty. You'd said that they were unlucky but you are an inauspicious man that during your reign the Diesel and Petrol prices have shot up. This is your doing. I have not seen the Prime Minister's horoscope, so I can't tell about if he's inauspicious, bad omen or unlucky. But I am talking about his words. When he used to say tbout the Rupee's value versus the Dollar, he said, the Rupee is falling so much that it is touching the former Prime Minister's age. Today, Mr Prime Minister, I would like to say that your words were not out of respect but this is not our tradition, but I'd like to say that the Rupee is falling as low as your respected mother's age."
Earlier, He took a swipe at the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, dubbing the interim Budget as a “big joke” and asserted that farmers have been cheated. Speaking to reporters, Babbar said that the scheme to provide Rs 6,000 per annum for farmers, which boils down to Rs 17 per day, is not enough to address their plight.