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'Pig' shocker from Mumbai: BJP MLA Dombivli compares Dalits, farmers to piglets

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Dombivli Ravindra Chavan landed in a huge controversy after he made an appalling analogy at a meeting in Dombivli in Maharashtra recently.

Updated: Jun 21, 2016, 18:28 PM IST
'Pig' shocker from Mumbai: BJP MLA Dombivli compares Dalits, farmers to piglets

Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Dombivli Ravindra Chavan landed in a huge controversy after he made an appalling analogy at a meeting in Dombivli in Maharashtra recently.

Chavan was addressing an inauguration programme when he compared Dalits to pigs and cited an example of United States President Abraham Lincoln and narrated a story how Lincoln picked up a piglet from a drain and cleaned it.

BJP MLA's shocking analogy

Chavan while addressing the crowd said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis always think of farmers and Dalits.. as those piglets are trapped in gutter. They are trying to remove them from there."

However, the bizarre and insensitive comparision angered the community who have demanded an unconditional apology from the BJP MLA. It is to be noted that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was present at the event when the BJP MLA made the derogatory remark. 

What BJP has to say

However, defending Chavan for making the derogatory remark, BJP leader and spokesperson Shaina NC said that despite what Chavan said at the event, his intentions weren't that wrong. 

"Sometimes, people are unable to express themselves. I think, in Ravindra Chavan's case, he was trying to say that our government has done a lot for the upliftment of Dalits and continues to do so. However, he was unable to express it in words properly and therefore, this miscommunication happened. I don't think it was intentional and it must be understood in the reference to the context.