A day after the sack, Ram Shankar Katheria likens opponents to ‘barking dogs’

  • HT Correspondent, Agra
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2016 09:43 IST
A fortnight before his exit as union minister, Ram Shankar Katheria (in picture) had justified ‘saffronisation’ of education, and said it was beneficial for the nation. (HT File Photo)

A day after he lost job as a Union minister, BJP MP from Agra Ram Shankar Katheria sought to compare his political opponents with barking dogs.

Katheria lost his cool on Wednesday when a reporter suggested that non-performance led to his exit from the Narendra Modi ministry.

“If a lion gets hurt, dogs feel he has gone weak and start barking,” he retorted. “Yeh kutto ki sthiti hai, woh bhonk rahe hai; unke bhonkne se kuch farak nahi hota hai (Don’t you know such dog bark doesn’t make a difference)?”

The 51-year-old leader, who allegedly made a hate speech against Muslims in Agra four months ago, said he would get a “suitable post” whenever his party constituted a new team. “I had given in writing that my style and attitude is more suited for working in the organisation,” he added.

“I would like to work for the party’s victory in the state,” he said while terming Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati as the biggest ‘saudagar’ (trader) of Dalit vote.

Katheria, who was a Hindi professor before joining politics, ridiculed the National Students Union of India (NSUI) for distributing sweets on his expulsion as a minister, saying “some people do not get opportunity to celebrate for themselves”.

He denied charges that Agra did not benefit much from his tenure as a minister of state for human resource development. “I got Rs 100 crore sanctioned for an airport in Agra, but the UP government has to provide land for it. Flyovers are being constructed and for Agra Barrage; discussions have been held with (Union ministers) Nitin Gadkari and Uma Bharati,” he pointed out.

“Soon the prime minister will be here to announce schemes for Agra,” he claimed.

A fortnight before his exit as union minister, Katheria had justified ‘saffronisation’ of education, and said it was beneficial for the nation. Ten days later, he also declared that BSP legislator Swami Prasad Maurya, who is the leader of the opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, would “soon join” the BJP.

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