BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya is being mocked on Twitter for saying that he suspected that some of the construction labourers working at his house were Bangladeshis by noticing their "strange eating habits". Mr Vijayvargiya had, at an event in Madhya Pradesh's Indore on Thursday to support the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, said that the workers ate only poha, which aroused suspicion about their nationality.
When a new room was being added to his house, he found the "eating habits" of some of the workers "strange" as "they were eating only 'poha' (flattened rice)", the 63-year-old BJP leader said.
"I suspected these workers were residents of Bangladesh. Two days after I became suspicious, they stopped working at my house," Mr Vijayvargiya told reporters. "I have not filed any police complaint yet. I only mentioned this incident to warn people."
The BJP leader's comments seemed unpalatable to many on Twitter who clapped back with jokes.
From now onwards Poha is also anti national ????????????????????— Bhau Galande (भाऊ गलांडे ) (@BhauGalande_) January 24, 2020
Learnt 2 things about food in the last few days:— PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) January 24, 2020
1. Halwa is auspicious.
2. Poha is suspicious.
Many found his comment puzzling as Indore is famous for its poha, a popular breakfast item.
Umm.. so if u eat poha u are a bangladeshi?? ???????????? This 'leader' is from indore btw.. a place famous for poha.. what else would the labourer eat???????????? https://t.co/n23C3sRynG— Handwritten Persona⁷ (@BtsHandwritten) January 23, 2020
The remarks also led to a number of Twitter users sharing pictures of poha on the microblogging platform.
Hum poha bhi khayenge— Dr.JAGAT (@DrJAGATLIMBA) January 24, 2020
aur kagaj nhi dikhayenge pic.twitter.com/vmpIMNXElH
This is a Poha appreciation tweet.— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) January 24, 2020
(Image from pinterest) pic.twitter.com/se0Tjh2xXs
While speaking at the event, Mr Vijayvargiya also claimed that a Bangladeshi terrorist was keeping a watch on him for the last one and a half years.
"Whenever I go out, six armed security personnel follow me. What is happening in this country? Will outside people enter and spread so much terror? The CAA is in the interest of the country," he said.