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Protesters hurl tomatoes, eggs at UP minister’s residence after ‘drinking’ remark

The UP minister had said Yadavs and Rajputs drank more heavily than other communities.

lucknow Updated: Apr 29, 2018 00:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Omprakash Rajbhar,Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party,BBSP
Protesters hurl eggs and tomatoes at Kalidas Marg residence of Uttar Pradesh minister Om Prakash Rajbhar for his statement, in Lucknow on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

A group of people, several of them wearing the red Samajwadi Party cap, threw tomatoes and eggs at the official residence of UP minister and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (BBSP) president Om Prakash Rajbhar in the high-security Gautampalli in Lucknow on Saturday.

The hurling of tomatoes and eggs was in response to the minister’s statement in Varanasi where he had said Yadavs and Rajputs drank more heavily than other communities.

“Drunkards ignore their families. They don’t enrol their children in schools. They spend their earnings on liquor. Liquor is a bad thing, I have been saying this for 15 years.”

The minister was away to Jaunpur to attend a wedding when tomatoes and eggs were hurled at his residence on Saturday afternoon.

The police rushed to the spot and chased the youths away. However, no FIR was lodged.

The minister said: “I will take up the matter with the government. This is a case of breach of security in the high-security area. Who knows if they hurl bombs tomorrow? Such a thing has happened where the CM lives close by. A campaign should be run against liquor.”

Earlier, Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh reacted to Rajbhar’s comment and tweeted: “Why only liquor. A campaign should also be run against “Ganja-chillam, taadi (toddy), tobacco, charas, opium, and arrogance as well.”

Rajbhar has courted controversy earlier with his criticism of the performance of the Yogi Adityanath government in the state.

In another controversial comment on drinking, he had said, “If someone offers you liquor, consume it but vote as per you discretion.”

First Published: Apr 29, 2018 00:01 IST