BJP MP from Karnataka, Suresh Angadi made a bizarre claim on Wednesday, stating Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and many other big names will be campaigning for his party.
Speaking to media in the state, he said, "Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan will campaign for our party. BJP is the biggest party in the world. Many hero and heroines will also join us. Valmiki marched with everyone in the society, we too will do something similar. We welcome anyone who wishes to join us.
Suresh had also stoked controversy when he mentioned that Rani Channamma University in Belagavi is similar to JawaharLal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi.
"There is a need to mould the university by following the ideals of Rani Channamma. Some anti-social elements and anti-nationals are taking over it in Belagavi. It is very much similar to what naxalites did to JNU. Naxalites are increasing these days. Urban naxalites are a major threat to the nation's security. Youths should not get misguided," he mentioned.
It isn't the first time that the BJP MP has been in the news because of his comments. Earlier this month, Suresh had made a similar remark for which senior Congress leader and former minister Satish Jarkiholi took offense. The sugar baron reportedly went on to claim the university was being saffronised.
Also, Satish had alleged that the BJP leader who also happens to be a syndicate member tried to destroy the secular culture of the university. There also have been reports of violence allegedly by Satish Jarkiholi's supporters in (RCUB).
Political commentator Abdul Razack Khan said, "Parliament member Suresh Angadi is a senior politician, it is not fair on his part to make derogatory comments like saffronising educational institutions. It is unfair of him to question whether saffronisation could not be done in India, can it be done in Pakistan. Educational institutions should be left alone. They are set to lose the upcoming by-elections for sure because of which they are trying these cheap tricks to somehow communalise and gain politically."