Watch video: BJP MLA from Karnataka makes unsavory remarks on student killed in Ukraine

The MLA’s comments come days after Union minister Pralhad Joshi said that 90% of students going abroad to study medicine won’t clear Indian entrance examinations, raking up controversy on Tuesday

Shankar RajUpdated: Friday, March 04, 2022, 07:25 PM IST
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Locals pay floral tribute to Naveen Shekharappa, a final year medical student, who was killed in Russian shelling in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, at Chalageri village, in Haveri on Wednesday | PTI

Bengaluru: BJP Karnataka legislator Arvind Bellad form Hubballi-Dharwad Friday made an insensitive remark when he said that since the coffin containing the mortal remains of Naveen SG, the 21-year-old medico who was killed in Kharkiv in Ukraine on Tuesday, would occupy 10-12 seats in an aircraft, it will have to wait.

Speaking to the media in Dharwad, Bellad said: “A coffin would occupy 10 to 12 seats in a plane. Therefore, the priority should be on evacuating students stranded in the war-hit nation and bringing them back alive.”

The MLA then said: “Going by the terrifying bombing incidents in Ukraine, getting back stranded students has become a major challenge, and retrieving the body of Naveen and getting it back to India would be a difficult task. It could be delayed.”

He also accused the Medical Council of India of creating artificial scarcity of MBBS seats and alleged that this has led to the prohibitive cost of medical education in the country.

“Common people cannot afford to pay such huge fees and therefore are migrating to countries like Ukraine,” he said.

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