In a recent television discussion likely on Friday about the racial attacks on African students in Greater Noida Tarun Vijay came into the limelight because of his controversial comment. The Congress taking the advantage of the statement on Monday submitted an adjournment notice in the Lok Sabha against Vijay’s comment on racism involving the South Indians. Also, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari gave the notice in the Rajya Sabha under Rule 267 on the same issue.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that “If a person has made a statement and that statement was wrong so it can be criticised. However, Mr Tarun Vijay has given his clarification that his comment was misinterpreted. Now, they are asking for an adjournment motion, the Congress Party is just politicising the issue. Tarun Vijay has always worked for national integration”. He also added that The Congress is taking advantage of Vijay’s comment, which was not properly reported. The Congress is trying to make a political issue, but they will face disappointment.
Statement by Tarun Vijay
The comment which Vijay gave while discussing on the issue of racism was “If we were racist, why would we have the entire entire south…Tamil, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra…why do we live with them? We have black people around us,” the politician was heard as saying this in the video.
However, he immediately apologised for his statement as it was misunderstood. It sounded different as what he wanted to explain, he said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, religion and colour cannot be done in India. He said he would even take the name of the person as he is neither a member of the Lok Sabha nor Rajya Sabha. He further added that Vijay has already apologised and now there is no requirement of raising questions or the issue.