UP: Protesters throw tomatoes and eggs at minister's home
Protesters hurled tomatoes and eggs today at the home of Uttar Pradesh minister Om Prakash Rajbhar for saying that Rajputs and Yadavs consumed more liquor than others. Youths, some of them wearing red caps, mobbed the minister's official residence in Hazratganj area in Lucknow this afternoon, raising slogans and damaging his nameplate. Rajbhar made the remarks in Varanasi yesterday while arguing against drinking.
Who is Om Prakash Rajbhar?
Rajbhar, who heads the backward classes welfare portfolio in the UP Cabinet, is a leader of BJP ally, Suheldev Bharatiya Party. He has courted controversy earlier with his criticism of the performance of the Yogi Adityanath government in the state. In another controversial statement on drinking, he said, "If someone offers you liquor, consume it but vote as per your discretion."
Maximum liquor is consumed by Yadavs and Rajputs, says minister
"The maximum blame is put on Rajbhars, but the maximum liquor is consumed by Yadavs and Rajputs," Rajbhar had said. "This is their ancestral business," he said. But he added that people from his own Rajbhar and all other castes also drink. "If you want to know the pain, ask any mother, sister or wife to whose homes their loved-ones come drunk," he said.
Nobody has been detained yet over the protest
Police said nobody has been detained yet over the protests at the minister's home. "We are probing the matter," an officer said.Share this timeline