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2018 Rewind: 10 most controversial statements by public figures

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GR News Desk | New Delhi

With just days remaining in the culmination of 2018 and the beginning of another year, let us rewind and see what all happened in the 365 days of the 18th year of the 21st century. With numerous developments across sectors, one thing that once again stood out were the public figures and their oratory, sometimes to ignite passion, other times to ignite curiosity.

Here are the 10 most controversial statements of 2018

Narendra Modi is like a Scorpion sitting on a Shivling: Shashi Tharoor

(Source: Twitter/@ShashiTharoor)

Senior Congress leader and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor is loved and admired for his oratory and public speaking across the world. However, this time the former representative to the UN went a notch ahead and quoting an unnamed RSS leader said, “Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling. You cannot remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a ‘chappal’ (slipper) either.” Tharoor faced a major backlash over his statement from the BJp and its allies.

Mani Shankar Aiyar calls PM Modi ‘Neech aadmi’

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Just a day ahead of the scheduled Gujarat assembly elections, Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar courted controversy by referring to the prime minister as a ‘neech aadmi’. Hours after the comment, Congress swung into action and in a damage control move suspended Aiyar from the primary membership of the party and issued a show cause notice. The grand old party faced a barrage of criticism from the ruling party over the former diplomat’s statement. Aiyar too said sorry to the PM blaming his expletives on his poor Hindi.

Virat Kohli leaves fans furious with his ‘leave India’ comment

(Source: Twitter/@imVKohli)

“I don’t think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else,” Virat Kohli, the Indian men’s cricket team captain lashed out against a cricket fan who said that he preferred an Australian batsman over an Indian. Kohli was responding to messages by fans on the launch of his mobile app.

Lord Hanuman was Dalit and tribal: Yogi Adityanath

(Source: Twitter/myogiadityanath)

Know for his communal statements fuelled by religious sentiments, UP CM and poster boy for Hindutva, Yogi Adityanath claimed that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and belonged to a tribal community. The UP CM was campaigning for BJP in the Rajasthan assembly election. The party lost the election to Congress.

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BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj calls for demolishing Jama Masjid

With the assembly elections in five states, BJP leaders in a bid to fuel the Hindutva agenda went a step ahead in targetting minorities. Amidst calls for an ordinance to build the Ram temple, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj said, “When I came to politics, my first statement was in Mathura. To leave Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi aside and demolish Jama Masjid in Delhi and if idols are now found below the staircase then I should be hanged. I still stand by this statement.”

PM Modi’s Surpnakha jibe at Renuka Chowdhury

“Sabhapati ji meri aapse vinti hai Renuka ji ko kuch mat kahiye. Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hansi sunne ka saubhagya aaj jaake mila hai (I request you to let Renuka ji continue. After the Ramayan serial, we got the privilege of hearing this kind of laughter only today),” PM Modi told the Rajya Sabha Speaker to the amusement of his colleagues. The jibe was taken after the Congress legislators laughed while the prime minister Narendra Modi was delivering his speech in the Upper House.

Would you take used sanitary napkin to your friends home: Smriti Irani on Sabarimala

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Union Minister Smriti Iran courted controversy while speaking about the judgment and protests around the entry of women of all ages in the Sabarimala temple. “I am nobody to speak on the Supreme Court verdict [allowing women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple] because I am a current serving cabinet minister…But [it is] just plain common sense…Would you take sanitary napkins steeped [sic] in menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s home?” Irani asked.

PM Modi’s ‘vidhwa’ comment against Congress

“I’ll tell you why this dynast (Rahul Gandhi) is worried, why Congress leaders have lost their sleep. The reason is that Modi is taking steps and their shops are shutting down one by one. This is the cause of their worry. You can imagine, the kind of government the Congress ran, that a daughter who was not even born became a widow on paper under the Congress government, and her widow pension also started. Who was that widow who used to take away this money? Who was that Congress’s widow in whose account this money used to go?” Modi said at an election rally in Jaipur. Congress slammed the PM for implicitly attacking the former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi with his comments.

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Cow safer than a man in India, I fear for my children: Naseeruddin Shah

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Senior actor Naseeruddin Shah caught the eye of the storm when in an interview, talking about religion and society said that he feared for his children who have no religion. “Tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, “Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?” they will have no answer. Because they have no religion,” Shah said. “I don’t see situations improving anytime soon. I am not scared but angry. I believe every right-thinking man must be angry and must not fear. This is our home who can dare to evict us from here,” added Shah.

Manohar Lal Khattar on rapes in Haryana

Haryana Cm Manoharlal Khattar, who faced severe criticism over the increasing number of crimes against women in the state created a furore over his remarks against rape survivors and victims. “The incidents of rape have not increased… Rapes used to take place in the past and even today. [Only] the concern [over such incidents] has increased. The incidents of rape have not increased… Rapes used to take place in the past and even today. [Only] the concern [over such incidents] has increased,” Khattar said.