INDIA: Former cricketer and Trinamool Congress leader Kirti Azad got himself embroiled in controversy after he criticized PM Modi for wearing traditional attire.
The TMC leader took to his social media platform and shared two juxtaposed pictures, one showing PM Modi wearing a traditional Khasi outfit of Shillong and another a picture from a website where a woman wears the same ‘multi-floral embroidered dress’. The leader quoted the post, “Neither male nor female. Only a worshiper of fashion.”
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party has come down heavily on the Trinamool Congress (TMC) over a tweet by its leader Kirti Azad apparently making fun of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his attire during his recent visit to Meghalaya.
PM Modi recently visited Shillong and was seen wearing a traditional outfit as he inaugurated several development projects.
The Indian PM is often seen donning regional cultured dresses to respect the cultures of various states. However, Azaad clarified that he did not intend to disrespect the attire but was trying to make a point of PM Modi’s ‘fashion statement’.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa took to his Twitter account and slammed the TMC leader, “It is saddening to see how @KirtiAzaad is disrespecting the culture of Meghalaya and mocking our tribal attire. TMC must urgently clarify if they endorse his views. Their silence will amount to tacit support and thus will not be forgiven by the people.”
Meanwhile, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Samir Oraon pinpointed the intolerant action and said that the Trinamool leader does not know; he should learn first that it was a tribal attire that PM Modi wore. He further said, “You disrespect Tribal attire by saying that you are unsure whether this is Female or Male attire. You and your party have a proven history of pathological hatred towards Tribals.” The BJP Scheduled Tribe Morcha requested action against the shameful act and wrote, “a case should be filed against Kirti Azad under the SC / ST atrocity act.”
Modi visited Shillong to lay the foundation stone of various mega projects in Meghalaya worth ₹2,450 crores. He wore the traditional Khasi outfit complemented by a traditional Garo hat. The Garos, Khasis and Jayantias are the three major tribes of Meghalaya.