Lucknow, May 3: Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Suresh Rana stoked a controversy after he allegedly went to a Dalit family’s home uninvited and even ordered food from eatery in Aligarh.
The visit was in line with Bharatiya Janata Party’s “outreach programme” for the community initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rana along with several other party leaders arrived at the residence of Rajnish Kumar Singh in Lohagadh around 11 pm on Monday.
Kumar who hosted the minister, told news agency ANI, “I didn’t even know they are coming for dinner, they came suddenly. All food, water and cutlery they had arranged from outside”.
Lohagadh(Aligarh): Rajnish Kumar, Dalit man at whose house UP Minister Suresh Rana had dinner yesterday says, 'I didn't even know they are coming for dinner,they came suddenly.All food.water and cutlery they had arranged from outside' pic.twitter.com/TIXMVtV825
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Later, speaking to media Rana said “the whole village (in Aligarh) is inhabited by Dalits, I received a lot of affection, the food was prepared in the village itself, some people are trying to unnecessarily create issues, such people can’t stand development being done by Yogi ji & Modi ji”.
In 2017, similar controversy broke out when it was alleged that a sofa and AC was installed at a soldier’s home ahead of UP Chief Minister Adityanath arrival there.
Yet in another controversy, villagers belonging to Mushar community had alleged they were given soap and shampoo by the local administration before the visit by the chief minister.