Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's comments on the Uttar Pradesh cabinet led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after they took a holy dip in the Sangam at Prayagraj has triggered a huge controversy. The Congress MP took to Twitter on Wednesday and attempted to take a jibe at the clean 'Ganga campaign' by making an immature comment about people taking a dip into the holy river with clothes to cleanse their 'sins'.
Reacting to Shashi Tharoor's insensitive comment, BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy slammed the Congress leader with a savage response. While commenting on his remarks against the UP cabinet over their dip at the holy Sangam, Dr Swamy took a dig at the Congress MP saying that if Tharoor will 'jump in river Ganga then it will dry up and go back to the Himalayas'.
"A man like this making a comment like this, I would say, yes, Yogi and cabinet going and all their sins maybe washed off by Ganga but if Shashi Tharoor jumps in Ganga then the Ganga will dry up and go away back to the Himalayas," said Dr Swamy hitting at the Congress leader.
Further attacking the Congress MP on his remarks against Kumbh Mela, Uttar Pradesh Minister and BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh questioned Shashi Tharoor on his knowledge of Kumbh importance.
"How will he understand the importance of Kumbh? The atmosphere he's in, the culture he has been brought up in, he doesn’t understand this. You people have committed a lot of misdeeds, take a holy dip in Kumbh & you might be able to repent for your sins," he said while speaking to news agency ANI.
Earlier on Wednesday, Shashi Tharoor had posted an insensitive comment on Twitter insulting the sentiments of people who go to Sangam at Kumbh, Prayagraj to wash off their sins in the holy river Ganga.
"Ganga bhi swachh rakhni hain, aur paap bhi yahi dhone hain. Iss Sangam mein sab nange hain. Jai Ganga Maiya ki!" he said in a tweet. (Ganga has to be kept clean, and sins also have to be washed there. In this sangam (meeting point of rivers) everyone is naked. Hail Goddess Ganga!)
On Tuesday, UP Yogi Adityanath along with Uttar Pradesh cabinet met at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj for the first time and took a holy dip in the Ganga river at the Sangam ghat.