Mumbai: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Awdhoot Wagh for using the word ‘lawaris’ (abandoned) for the kin of farmers who had committed suicide. Later, the BJP warned Wagh against using such insulting words.
Replying to a tweet by Maratha Kranti Warriors, Wagh stated the kin of farmers who commit suicide were orphans. He further clarified, explaining, orphans meant ‘lawaris’ (abandoned). Since Wagh is notorious for such utterances, he is always in the opposition’s line of fire for his statements and tweets. Wagh had earlier termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi the 11th ‘avtar’ of Vishnu. Following his tweet, Wagh was mercilessly trolled by MNS and NCP supporters until he deleted it.
The MNS, whose official twitter handle is MNSadhikrut, criticised Wagh and stated, the party which claims it is the only nationalist party and talks of patriotism as if it is only the right of the BJP supporters, has a spokesperson who used insulting words for farmers. The NCP state chief, Jayant Patil, said it showed how the BJP leaders are arrogant. “How can BJP leaders dare to insult farmers with such words,” questioned Patil.
Another NCP leader, Jitendra Awhad, said, “We use the word ‘orphan’ for those whose parents are dead. ‘Lawaris’ means illegitimate in English.” Awhad demanded an immediate apology from Wagh. The Maratha Kranti Warriors suggested Wagh should refrain from trolling journalists who write in favour of farmers and in the interest of the common man.